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Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891)

Description: Helmuth von Moltke (Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke; Moltke the Elder; October 26, 1800-April 24, 1891), German Field Marshal and chief of the Prussian General Staff for thirty years. He fought in the Austro-Prussian War (1866), and the Franco-German War (July 19, 1870-May 10, 1871), distinguishing himself in both conflicts. A linguist (fluent in seven languages), artist and author, Moltke was a nationalist to the core. He was a disciple of Carl von Clausewitz (Carl Philippe Gottlieb von Clausewitz; June 1, 1780-November 16, 1831), Prussian general and military theorist. Moltke planned many military strategies for many Prussian and German campaigns and wars, advocating the enveloping movement rather than frontal attacks, and where events dictated immediate and optional tactics. He once stated "No plan survives contact with the enemy," urging German commanders to remain flexible and seize any opportunities presented on the battlefield. His nephew, Helmuth von Moltke (Helmuth Johann Ludwig von Moltke; Moltke the Younger; May 25, 1848-June 18, 1916), German general, had a much less distinguished career, being chief of the German General Staff (1906-1914), and whose plans in the early stages of WWI were ineffective, causing his resignation.

Category: Military

Keywords: Helmuth von Moltke, Moltke the Elder, Moltke the Younger, German field marshals, Prussian field marshals, German generals, Prussian generals, military leaders, Imperial Germany, Imperial Prussia, Austro-Prussian War, Franco-German War, Carl von Clausewitz, military strategies, military tactics, battle plans, German campaigns, German wars, linguists, authors, theorists

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1050 x 1597 (1.68 MPixels) (1.52)

Print Size: 8.9 x 13.5 cm; 3.5 x 5.3 inches

File Size: 4.83 MB (5,063,688 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004522

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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