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Gottlieb Graf von Haeseler
Gottlieb Graf von Haeseler in 1910
Born (1836-01-18)January 18, 1836
Died 25 October 1919(1919-10-25) (aged 83)
Place of birth Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia
Place of death Harnecop bei Wriezen, Germany
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1853-1918
Rank Generalfeldmarschall
Commands held 11. Ulanenregiment
12. Kavalleriebrigade
31. Kavalleriebrigade
20. Division
6. Division
XVI. Armee-Korps
Battles/wars Second Schleswig War
Austro-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
World War I (in advisory capacity)
Awards Pour le Mérite

Gottlieb Ferdinand Albert Alexis Graf von Haeseler (January 19, 1836 – October 25, 1919) was a German military officer of the Imperial Wilhelmine period, with final rank of Generalfeldmarschall.


Haeseler was born in Potsdam to August Alexis Eduard Haeseler and Albertine von Schönermark. He entered the Prussian army as Lieutenant in 1853 and became aide-de-camp of Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia in 1860. He served in the Danish-Prussian War (1864), the Austro-Prussian War (1866), and the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). From 1879 he headed the military history department of the general staff, and from 1890-1903 he was General of the Cavalry and head of the XVI Army Corps in Metz. In 1905 he received the rank of a Generalfeldmarschall. From 1903 he was member of the Prussian House of Lords and worked for the development of the vocational school system. Haeseler died in Harnekop.

Among other things, the barracks of the paratrooper battalion No. 261 in Lebach/Saar are named after Haeseler.



Regarding personal names: Graf was a title, before 1919, but now is regarded as part of the surname. It is translated as Count. Before the August 1919 abolition of nobility as a separate estate, titles preceded the full name when given (Prinz Otto von Bismarck). After 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), could be used, but were regarded as part of the surname, and thus came after a first name (Otto Prinz von Bismarck). The feminine form is Gräfin.


  • Jürgen Hahn-Butry (Hrsg.): Preußisch-deutsche Feldmarschälle und Großadmirale. Safari, Berlin 1938.
  • Gottlieb Graf von Haeseler: Zehn Jahre im Stabe des Prinzen Friedrich Karl. 3 Bände. Mittler, Berlin 1910–1915 (Digitalisat: Band 2)
  • Heinz Kraft (1966). "Haeseler, Gottlieb Graf von" (in de). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. p. 452. 

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