Dietrich von Hülsen-Haeseler
Dietrich Graf (Count) von Hülsen-Haeseler (February 13, 1852 – November 14, 1908) was an infantry general of the German Empire.
Born in Berlin, Germany the son of a Prussian general, Dietrich von Hülsen-Haeseler in 1870 became a lieutenant in the Prussian Emperor Alexander Guards Grenadiers. He attended the War College and was attached to the German General Staff in 1882. In 1889 he was made aide de camp to Kaiser Wilhelm II, whom he had known since boyhood.
In 1894 von Hülsen-Haeseler was named military attaché at the German embassy in Vienna. In 1897, now a colonel, he returned to Berlin as commander of a guards regiment. In 1899 he was promoted to major general, made chief of general staff in the Guards Corps, and then given command of the 2nd Guards Infantry Brigade.
On November 14, 1908, Dietrich Graf von Hülsen-Haeseler died of a heart attack while on a hunting trip in honor of the Kaiser. The hunting party was staying at Donaueschingen Castle in Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemberg; the Black Forest country estate of Prince Max von Furstenberg. During a formal evening function von Hülsen-Haeseler appeared dressed in the pink tutu and rose wreath of a ballerina, dancing for the Kaiser and his assembled guests. Apparently exhausted by his exertions the general bowed, collapsed and was pronounced dead after hasty medical attention. The circumstances were covered up by the officer corps so as not to further inflame public pressure over the homosexually themed Harden–Eulenburg affair. Ironically, it was von Hülsen-Haeseler who had organized the cover up of that scandal.
Honours and awardsEdit
- German honours
- Anhalt: Grand Cross of Albert the Bear, with Crown
- Brunswick: Grand Cross of Henry the Lion, 1902
- Ernestine duchies: Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order
- Hesse and by Rhine: Grand Cross of Philip the Magnanimous, with Crown
- Hohenzollern: Cross of Honour of the Princely House Order of Hohenzollern, 1st Class
- Lippe-Detmold: Cross of Honour of the House Order of Lippe, 2nd Class
- Oldenburg: Grand Cross of Honour of the Order of Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig, with Collar and Golden Crown
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Grand Cross of the White Falcon
- Saxony: Grand Cross of the Albert Order, with Golden Star
- Schaumburg-Lippe: Cross of Honour of the House Order of Schaumburg-Lippe, 1st Class
- Schwarzburg: Cross of Honour, 1st Class with Crown
- Waldeck and Pyrmont: Cross of Merit, 1st Class
- Foreign honours
- Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold
- Bulgaria: Grand Cross of St. Alexander
- Denmark: Grand Cross of the Dannebrog, 3 April 1903
- Greece: Grand Cross of the Redeemer
- Montenegro: Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I
- Norway: Grand Cross of St. Olav
- Ottoman Empire:
- Persia: Order of the Lion and the Sun, 1st Class in Diamonds
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ
- Siam: Grand Cross of the White Elephant
- Spain: Grand Cross of Military Merit
- Sweden: Commander Grand Cross of the Sword, 16 February 1904; with Collar, 6 June 1908
- United Kingdom: Honorary Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, 12 November 1907
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- Handbuch über den Königlich Preußischen Hof und Staat fur das jahr 1908, p. 38
- Hof- und Staatshandbuch des Herzogthums Braunschweig für 1908. Bd. 1908. Braunschweig: Meyer, 1908. p. 10
- "Ritter-Orden", Hof- und Staatshandbuch der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie, 1908, pp. 70, 104, 166, retrieved 14 January 2021
- Bille-Hansen, A. C.; Holck, Harald, eds. (1908) [1st pub.:1801]. Statshaandbog for Kongeriget Danmark for Aaret 1908 [State Manual of the Kingdom of Denmark for the Year 1908] (PDF). Kongelig Dansk Hof- og Statskalender (in Danish). Copenhagen: J.H. Schultz A.-S. Universitetsbogtrykkeri. pp. 13–14. Retrieved 10 February 2021 – via da:DIS Danmark.
- Kungl. Hovstaterna: Kungl. Maj:ts Ordens Arkiv, Matriklar (in Swedish), 7, 1900–1909, p. 23
- The London Gazette, issue 28081, p. 7767
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