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Helmuth von Moltke




Helmuth Von Moltke is Born

Oct 26, 1800

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder is born in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin to a military family. His father Friedrich Philipp Victor von Moltke was a General in Danmark.

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Location: Danemark



Helmuth Von Moltke is Sent to School

1814

Helmuth von Moltke is sent to boarding school

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Location: Danemark



Moltke Goes to the Royal Danish Military Academy

1817

Helmuth von Moltke is sent to the Royal Danish Military Academy in Copenhagen

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Location: Danemark



Helmuth Von Moltke Becomes Danish Page

1818

Helmuth von Moltke becomes a page to the King of Denmark

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Location: Danemark



Helmuth Von Moltke joins the Prussian Army

1822

Helmuth von Moltke decides to join the Prussian Army as a second lieutenant in the 8th Infantry Regiment

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Location: Germany



Moltke joins the Prussian Military Academy

1823

Helmuth von Moltke joins the Prussian Military Academy

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Location: Germany



Moltke Graduates From Military Academy

1826

Helmuth von Moltke graduates from the Prussian Military Academy

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke Publishes a Short Romance Story

1827

Helmuth von Moltke publishes a short romance story "The Two Friends"

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Location: Germany



Moltke Translates "Decline And Fall"

1832

Helmuth von Moltke begins the translation of Gibbon's "The history of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" in order to pay for a new horse, but the publisher never actually prints the work.

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke is Promoted

1833

Helmuth von Moltke is promoted to first lieutenant and is seconded to the general staff in Berlin

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Location: Germany



Moltke Travels in the Ottoman Empire

1835

Helmuth von Moltke is promoted to Captain and takes six months leave to travel around south-east europe and the Ottoman Empire. While he was in Constantinople Sultan Mahmud II asks him to help modernize the Ottoman army. The Prussian government agrees and he spends the next two years learning Turkish.

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke Begins Surveying

1838

Helmuth von Moltke is sent as an advisor to the campaign against Muhammad Ali of Egypt in Anatolia, the area of the Ottoman Empire which is now Turkey. He performs surveying and scouting for the army.

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Location: Anatolia



The Ottoman's Engage the Egyptians

1839

The Ottoman army with Helmuth von Moltke moves south to engage with the Egyption force of Muhammad Ali of Egypt. The Ottoman General refuses to listen to von Moltke's advice, who resigns his place on the general staff and takes up a position with the artillery instead.

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Location: Anatolia



Battle of Nezib

Jun 24, 1839

Ibrahim Pasha marched his army towards the Ottoman army under heavy artillery fire directed by Helmuth von Moltke the Elder who was there as an advisor to the Ottomans. The Egyptians artillery replied by firing on the Ottoman infantry. These were mainly Kurdish conscripts who already had low moral, and when the time that the Egyptians infantry reached them they broke into a rout. The result of this defeat left the Egyptians in control of Syria, and the whole of the eastern Mediterranean within their grasp.

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Location: Syria



Helmuth Von Moltke Returns to Germany

Dec 1839

Helmuth von Moltke arrives back in Berlin after the Ottoman defeat at the Battle of Nezib. He published a memoir about his time in the Ottoman empire under the name "Letters on Conditions and Events in Turkey in the Years 1835 to 1839"

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke Marries

1840

Helmuth von Moltke marries Maria Bertha Helena Burt, the daughter of John Heyliger Burt esq. of St. Croix in the Danish West Indies. He was also appointed to the general staff of the 4th Army Corps who were stationed in Berlin.

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke's Work on Railways

1843

Helmuth von Moltke publishes "What Considerations should determine the Choice of the Course of Railways?" about the military considerations that come from the railways. He was fascinated by railways and would invest heavily in them, which made him a considerable amount of money.

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke Publishes His Memoir

1845

Helmuth von Moltke publishes "The Russo-Turkish Campaign in Europe, 1828–1829" and becomes the personal adjutant to Prince Henry of Prussia.

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Location: Germany



Moltke Becomes Aide to Prince Frederick

1855

Helmuth von Moltke becomes personal aide to Prince Frederick, later Emperor Frederick III

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Location: Germany



Moltke Becomes the Chief of the General Staff

1857

Helmuth von Moltke becomes the Chief of the Prussian General Staff

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke Publishes More Memoirs

1867

Helmuth von Moltke publishes "The Campaign of 1866 in Germany"

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Helmuth Von Moltke's Wife Dies

Dec 24, 1868

Helmuth von Moltke's wife Maria dies in Berlin

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke is Made a Count

Oct 1870

Helmuth von Moltke is made a Count (Graf) as a reward for his service in the Franco-Prussian War.

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke is Promoted to Field Marshal

Jun 1871

Helmuth von Moltke is promoted to Field Marshal

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Helmuth Von Moltke Retires

Aug 09, 1888

Helmuth von Moltke retires

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Helmuth Von Moltke Makes a Voice Recording

Oct 21, 1889

Helmuth von Moltke makes a recording for Thomas Edison of a line from Hamlet and a passage from Faust. This recording still exists and is the only sound recording known to exist of a person born in the 18th century.

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Location: Germany



Moltke's 90Th Birthday is a National Holiday

Oct 26, 1890

Helmuth von Moltke's 90th birthday is declared a national holiday

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Location: Germany



Helmuth Von Moltke Dies

Apr 24, 1891

Helmuth von Moltke dies

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Location: Germany