Emil Ferdinand Heinrich Graf Kleist von Nollendorf
(09.02.1762 - 17.02.1823)
place of birth: Berlin
Generaladjutant SM, Generalfeldmarschall
General von Kleist was a Field Marshal serving in the
Imperial Prussian Army. He was initially a Page in Prince Heinrich's
court in 1774 and thereafter joined Infantry Regiment von Bülow to fight in
the War of Bavarian Succession 1778-79. Kleist then
saw action during the French Revolutionary Wars when
he was attached to Field Marshal von Möllendorf's general staff. From
1803 to 1807, von Kleist served as Adjutant General to King Friedrich
Wilhelm III, seeing action at Jena and Auerstedt.
He returned to field duty in 1807, seeing
action at Jena during the Napoleonic Wars
and also fighting under General Yorck von Wartenburg in
the War against Russia in 1812. He commanded a corps of coalition
forces at the start of the Prussian campaign versus France in 1813, and
then served as the Prussian envoy during the peace negotiations at Poischwitz.
Graf Kleist von Nollendorf was then transferred to Magdeburg where he
became the initial commander of Prussia's IV. Army Corps.
Nollendorfplatz and Kleiststrase in Berlin are both named after him.