Branch: Kaiserliche Heer
Born: 23 May 1848 in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Kingdom of Prussia.
Died: 18 June 1916 in Biendorf, German Empire.
General der Infanterie
Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke who was the son of Adolf von Moltke, administrator of Rantzau and nephew of the great von Moltke, was born at Gersdorff, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, 23 May 1848. Helmuth von Moltke entered the German army as a lieutenant of infantry and served through the Franco-Prussian war.
Helmuth von Moltke was for a time a lecturer in the Military Academy, Berlin.
In 1891 Helmuth von Moltke was appointed A.D.C. to Wilhelm II and in 1906 became general of infantry and chief of the general staff in succession to Count von Schlieffen. As chief of the general staff Helmuth von Moltke was the real generalissimo of the German army when the Great War broke out and held that position till October 1914 when, owing to the failure to capture Paris, Helmuth von Moltke was superseded by Erich von Falkenhayn.
Helmuth von Moltke died on June 18, 1916.
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