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 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.