Eugen Anton von Podbielski
(17.10.1814 - 31.10.1879)
place of birth: Köpenick, Berlin
KG, General der Cavallerie
Prussian cavalry general von Podbielski launched his
military career in 1831 with the 1st Uhlan Regiment, with a promotion
to Leutnant in 1833 at the age of 19. He was in command of his own
Hussar Regiment in Thuringia by 1858, and later commanded a cavalry
brigade beginning in March of 1863.
Field Marshal Graf von Wrangel soon called
von Podbielski to serve as his Oberquartiermeister
during the Danish War of 1864, and he remained in
this capacity following the conflict. In 1866, he was sent to Berlin to
head up the General War Department of the War Ministry, but with the
outbreak of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, he was
appointed to function as Army Generalquartiermeister, a
position which earned him the order of the Pour le Merite.
Following the peace agreement, General von Pobielski returned to the
War Ministry where he busied himself with the reorganization of the
Prussian military as part of the North German Federation. With the
outbreak of Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71,
Generalleutnant von Podbielski returned to his previous job of the
Prussian Army's Generalquartiermeister.
Following the war in France, von
Podbielski was named Prussian Inspector General of Artillery, despite
his military background as a cavalry officer. It was under his command
that the Prussian military forces drastically upgraded their artillery
forces and simultaneously came to distinguish mobile field artillery
from the more permanently entrenched fortress artillery units. General
der Kavallerie von Podbielski was married to the former Agnes von
Jagow. Their son Viktor (1844-1916) likewise served as a general in the
Prussian Army and was active in German Parliament.