Friedrich Emil Ferdinand Heinrich Graf Kleist von Nollendorf
(09.02.1762 - 17.02.1823)
place of birth:  Berlin

Königreich Preußen:  KG,  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.


Generalfeldmarschall  00.00.1821

Pour le Mérite  04.12.1792