CENTRAL POWERS

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.

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Felix Von Luckner

Luckner, Count Felix von (1881-1966), a German naval officer. During World War I Luckner commanded the Seeadler (“Sea Eagle”), a raiding sailing vessel disguised as a commercial ship.

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  • Paul Von Hindenburg
    Paul Von Hindenburg

    Hindenburg, Paul von (in full: Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg) (1847-1934), a German general and president. See more »

  • Alfred Von Tirpitz
    Alfred Von Tirpitz

    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 »

  • Baron Manfred von Richthofen
    Baron Manfred von Richthofen

    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 »

  • E. F. W. Ludendorff
    E. F. W. Ludendorff

    Ludendorff, Erich Friedrich Wilhelm (1865-1937), a German army officer. Ludendorff directed Germany's military and political policy in the closing years of World War I. See more »

  • Erich Von Falkenhayn
    Erich Von Falkenhayn

    Falkenhayn, Erich von (1861-1922), a German army officer. Falkenhayn was Prussian war minister, 1913-15, and chief of the German General Staff from December, 1914, to August, 1916. See more »

  • Felix Von Luckner
    Felix Von Luckner

    Luckner, Count Felix von (1881-1966), a German naval officer. During World War I Luckner commanded the Seeadler (“Sea Eagle”), a raiding sailing vessel disguised as a commercial ship. See more »

  • H. J. L. Moltke
    H. J. L. Moltke

    Moltke, Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von (1848-1916), a German army officer. He served in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), and was an adjutant to Count von Moltke, his uncle (1882-91). See more »

  • J. H. Bernstorff
    J. H. Bernstorff

    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 »

  • Josef Pilsudski
    Josef Pilsudski

    Pilsudski Jozef (1867-1935), a Polish soldier and statesman. He helped win Polish independence in World War I and was virtual dictator, 1926-35. See more »

  • Prince Von Bulow
    Prince Von Bulow

    Bülow, Prince Bernhard von (1849-1929), a German statesman and chancellor. His failure to check the German military clique has been held partly responsible for bringing about World War I. See more »

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