Gottlieb Graf von Haeseler

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.

Gottlieb von Haeseler
Gottlieb Graf von Haeseler in 1910
Born18 January 1836
Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia
Died25 October 1919(1919-10-25) (aged 83)
Harnecop bei Wriezen, Germany
Allegiance Kingdom of Prussia
 North German Confederation
 German Empire
Years of service1853–1903
Commands held11. Ulanenregiment
12. Kavalleriebrigade
31. Kavalleriebrigade
20. Division
6. Division
XVI. Armee-Korps
Battles/warsSecond Schleswig War
Austro-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
World War I (in advisory capacity)
AwardsPour le Mérite


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 legal class, titles preceded the full name when given (Graf Helmuth James von Moltke). Since 1919, these titles, along with any nobiliary prefix (von, zu, etc.), can be used, but are regarded as a dependent part of the surname, and thus come after any given names (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke). Titles and all dependent parts of surnames are ignored in alphabetical sorting. 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", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 7, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, p. 452

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