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Eduard Vogel von Falckenstein

Eduard Ernst Friedrich Hannibal Vogel von[1] Falckenstein 5 January 1797 – 6 April 1885 was a Prussian General der Infanterie


Vogel von Falckenstein was born in Breslau now Wrocław, Poland in Silesia, the son of Hannibal Vogel von Falckenstein 1750–1808 On 9 April 1829, he married Luise Gärtner 21 January 1813–24 August 1892 in Treuenbrietzen His oldest son, Maximilian, also became a Prussian general

After a preliminary education,[2] Falckenstein entered the Prussian Army as a volunteer Jäger in 1813 during the Sixth Coalition, distinguishing himself at Montmirail Promoted to major in 1841, he was wounded during street fighting in Berlin during the revolutions of 1848 Falckenstein fought in Holstein during the First Schleswig War, becoming the commander of the Garde-Schützen-Bataillon He was named Chief of Staff of the III Armeekorps in 1850

Falckenstein was promoted to Oberst in 1851 and major general in 1855 He served as Director of the Military Economics Department from 1856–58; in the latter year he was promoted to lieutenant general, and placed in command of the V Armeekorps[2]

At the beginning of the Second Schleswig War, Falckenstein served as Friedrich Graf von Wrangel's chief of staff, but was replaced by Helmuth von Moltke after Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel pressured the Prussian Minister of War, Albrecht von Roon He was awarded the Pour le Mérite on 22 April 1864, and named Governor of Jutland on 30 April He received chief command of the VII Armeekorps after the war and was promoted to general in 1865

The Austro-Prussian War broke out in 1866, and Falckenstein commanded Prussia's forces in western Germany While the bulk of the Prussian Army invaded Saxony and Bohemia to fight the Austrian Empire, Falckenstein's troops were to deal with Austria's allies: north of the Main River were troops of Hanover and Hesse-Kassel, while south of the Main were forces of Bavaria, Baden, Württemberg, and Hesse-Darmstadt

At his disposal, Falckenstein had three divisions of troops, many of whom were not front-line soldiers, consisting instead of Prussian Landwehr, garrison troops, or north German allies Beginning on 15 June, the "Corps Manteuffel" division and the Goeben Division invaded Hanover, while Beyer Division at Wetzlar invaded Hesse-Kassel While the cities of Hanover and Kassel fell to the Prussians, the armies of each state fled in an attempt to unite with the Bavarians, who were slowly advancing northward and reluctant to cross the Main

Falckenstein's leadership was mediocre during the campaign The Hanoverian and Hessian troops systematically destroyed the railways during their retreat, while Falckenstein delayed in pursuing them, preferring instead to let his troops rest in Hanover He eventually directed his three divisions to Göttingen, even after learning that Austria's allies had abandoned the city Moltke ordered Falckenstein to finish off the Hanoverian army, but Falckenstein wanted to let a lack of supplies force Major General Friedrich von Arentschildt and King George V of Hanover to surrender After losing contact with the Hanoverians on 22 June and upon the advice of Otto von Bismarck, Falckenstein began marching south to Frankfurt to prevent a union of the disorganized forces of the German Confederation

Moltke and King William I of Prussia were furious with Bismarck's interference and Falckenstein's slowness, ordering the general to attack the Hanoverians vigorously Arentschildt's army suffered greatly from their lack of supplies, however, and were cornered at Langensalza in Prussian Saxony by the advance of Falckenstein's three divisions from the north and, organized by Moltke, 9,000 troops under General Eduard von Flies from Gotha to the south

Falckenstein began preparing to attack Arentschildt's Hanoverian army after receiving a royal directive from William I Flies, however, despite being outnumbered two to one, advanced on his own initiative against Arenttschildt on 27 June Flies' Prussians were defeated in the Battle of Langensalza, but the Hanoverians were unable to capitalize on their victory Falckenstein's troops arrived the following day, and Arentschildt was forced to flee eastward into territory ringed by Prussian railways, leading to Hanover's surrender at Nordhausen on 29 June

Falckenstein's forces fought a series of engagements against south German states and entered Frankfurt on 16 July Because of differences with the Prussian General Staff, he was forced to relinquish command to von Manteuffel and instead was made governor of Bohemia

In 1867, Falckenstein was chosen as a representative of Königsberg now Kaliningrad, Russia to the Reichstag of the North German Confederation During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, Falckenstein was Generalgouverneur der deutschen Küstenlande General Governor of the German Coastal Lands and resided in Hanover He organized the German coastal defenses and created a volunteer Seewehr as a naval militia

Falckenstein retired in 1873 He died at Dolzig now Dłużek, Poland, then in the Province of Brandenburg


  1. ^ In German personal names, von is a preposition which approximately means of or from and usually denotes some sort of nobility While von always lower case is part of the family name or territorial designation, not a first or middle name, if the noble is referred to by surname alone in English, use Schiller or Clausewitz or Goethe, not von Schiller, etc
  2. ^ a b  Rines, George Edwin, ed 1920 "Vogel von Falckenstein, Eduard"  Encyclopedia Americanamw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink


  • Citino, Robert M 2005 The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich University Press of Kansas p 428 ISBN 0-7006-1410-9
  • Craig, Gordon A 1964 The Politics of the Prussian Army: 1640 – 1945 London: Oxford University Press pp 538 ISBN 0-19-500257-1

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