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Falkenhayn, Erich von
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Falkenhayn, Erich von

(September 11, 1861, Burg Belchau [Kreis Graudenz] – April 8, 1922, Schloss Lindstedt [near Potsdam]), German general and chief of the General Staff. Falkenhayn came from a West-Prussian “Junker” family with a strong military tradition. He entered the cadet corps at the early age of ten. He had a successful career as a young officer, and attended military academy. His life took an unusual turn when, in 1896, he took leave from the army and, for professional and financial reaso…

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Afflerbach, Holger, “Falkenhayn, Erich von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2015

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