Helmuth von Moltke Quotes

My most important responsibility is not to manage my generals but to control The Kaiser [Wilhelm II].

The Kaiser was very interested in the details of the German military activities and would often micro-manage by instructing individual officers about anything that struck him as important, Motke and the other Chiefs of Staff had the management of the Kaiser as one of his most critical tasks.

Helmuth von Moltke, 1848–1916, German Field Marshal & Chief of Staff, Quoted in Max Hastings, Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914, 2013

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Helmuth von Moltke
Helmuth von Moltke
  • Born: October 26, 1800
  • Died: April 24, 1891
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Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke was a German 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 is described as embodying "Prussian military organization and tactical genius." He is often referred to as Moltke the Elder to distinguish him from his nephew Helmuth Johann Ludwig von Moltke, who commanded the German Army at the outbreak of World War I.

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