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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 reasons, went to China as a military adviser. He worked in Jiaozhou (Kiautschou) in 1899, …

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Afflerbach, Holger, “Falkenhayn, Erich von”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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