Major figures for the Central Powers include Paul von Hindenberg and Baron Manfred von Richthofen. You can learn about them and read the biographies of other important Central Powers figures in this section.
Tirpitz, Alfred von (1849-1930), a German naval officer and statesman. As grand admiral of the German navy before World War I, he was largely responsible for building Germany into a naval power second only to Great Britain. See more »
Richthofen, Baron Ferdinand von (1833-1905), a German geographer. Trained as a geologist, Richthofen studied the geology of the Tyrol and Transylvania before accompanying a German diplomatic mission to the Far East, 1859-62. See more »
Bernstorff, Johann Heinrich, Count von (1862-1939), a German diplomat. As ambassador to the United States during the first part of World War I he warned his government that unrestricted U-boat (submarine) warfare would bring the United States into the war. See more »