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Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

1800 - 1891

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Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (German: [ˈhɛlmuːt fɔn ˈmɔltkə]; 26 October 1800 – 24 April 1891) was a Prussian field marshal. The chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years, he is regarded as the creator of a new, more modern method of directing armies in the field. He commanded troops in Europe and the Middle East, in the Second Schleswig War, Austro-Prussian War and Franco-Prussian War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder has received more than 1,171,886 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Helmuth von Moltke the Elder is the 72nd most popular military personnel (up from 80th in 2019), the 189th most popular biography from Germany (up from 200th in 2019) and the 16th most popular German Military Personnel.

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder is most famous for his military leadership during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871.

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Among military personnels, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder ranks 72 out of 1,468Before him are Bernard Montgomery, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Ferdinand Foch, Seleucus I Nicator, Edward Smith, and Lyudmila Pavlichenko. After him are Michel Ney, Günther von Kluge, Ivan Konev, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Eugène de Beauharnais, and Hans-Ulrich Rudel.

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Among people born in 1800, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder ranks 2Before him is Friedrich Wöhler. After him are Emperor Ninkō, Charles Goodyear, Millard Fillmore, Henry Fox Talbot, France Prešeren, James Clark Ross, John Edward Gray, Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, and Ludwig Ritter von Köchel. Among people deceased in 1891, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder ranks 6Before him are Arthur Rimbaud, Georges Seurat, Nikolaus Otto, Helena Blavatsky, and Herman Melville. After him are Georges-Eugène Haussmann, P. T. Barnum, Pedro II of Brazil, Léo Delibes, Sofia Kovalevskaya, and Wilhelm Eduard Weber.

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Among people born in Germany, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder ranks 189 out of 6,142Before him are Max Born (1882), Augustus III of Poland (1696), Caroline of Ansbach (1683), Emmy Noether (1882), Matthias Grünewald (1480), and Ilse Koch (1906). After him are Hans Holbein the Younger (1497), Edith Stein (1891), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Rudolf I of Germany (1218), Emil Fischer (1852), and Nelly Sachs (1891).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder ranks 16Before him are Ernst Röhm (1887), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), and Erich Hartmann (1922). After him are Michel Ney (1769), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Albert Kesselring (1885), John of Austria (1547), and Hermann Hoth (1885).