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HistoryHistory Poll: The German General Staff
Vote for your top choice from the list below. This poll is based upon the selector "The German General Staff" by Alfred von Schlieffen.

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Scharnhorst: The son of a peasant from Dresden, Scharnhorst never recived a formal education, but was dashing, brave, and selfless. He founded the Prussian General Staff and died in battle during the Napoleonic Wars.

Gneisenau: Good friend and chief of staff to Prince Blucher, he played a pivotal role during the Hundred Days, by urging the Prussian army to link up with Wellington's forces after Ligny-Quarterbras. This resulted in the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's defeat.

Clausewitz: The quiet, retired type, Clausewitz became an educator after the Napoleonic Wars. Serving as tutor to the young Prussian prince and Director of the Berlin War Academy, Clausewitz wrote Vom Kriege (on War), one of the most important strategic treatises in history.

Moltke: The famous Field Marshal defeated superpowers Austria and France quickly and decisively during the Chancellorship of Otto von Bismarck. He was a noble soldier and writer, who's close relationship to Bismarck became the forerunner of many modern political-military relationships.

Schlieffen: He was a disciple of Clausewitz. He possessed great knowledge for the technical requirements of his age. He created the Schlieffen Plan although he died before World War I, and it was implemented by Moltke's incompetent younger nephew.

Hindenburg: He led the German army for most of World War I. He was very liberal towards those that he trusted, and was a keen observer of human nature. After World War I, he became President of Germany until his death in 1933.

Ludendorff: A strong-willed man and brilliant organizer, he was highly patriotic and had fought in World War I. He retired for health reasons shortly before Hitler came to power.

Seeckt: A brilliant organizer who appeared shy at times, he created the 100,000-man Weimar Republican Army. However, he was parochial and did not give future staff officers an understanding of enemy systems.

Beck: Educated, calm, and distinguished, Beck was Hitler's first chief of staff. He was an admirer of Moltke, but was unable to comprehend the importance of aviation, motorization, and the radio. He was also conservative and a procrastinator, who did not support the Nazis to any extent.

Guderian: The brilliant father of armored warfare was a loyal soldier, though his revolutionary strategic principles brought him into conflict with Hitler. He was honest, noble, and proud, serving as chief of staff only as the German situation became hopeless in 1944-45.


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