Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz
(01.07.1780 - 16.11.1831)
place of birth: Burg, Provinz Sachsen (Prussian Saxony)
general and one of the most profound military theorists ever.
He wrote the definitive work on military strategy - "On War" (Vom
Kriege). He entered the Prussian Army in 1792 and first saw
action in the Rhineland (1793-94). In 1801
Clausewitz was accepted as one of the first class at Scharnhorst's new
military school in Berlin.
The young Clausewitz fought at Auerstädt
and was captured in 1806. After his release, he helped Scharnhorst and
Gneisenau reorganize the army (1807-11) and was Crown Prince Friedrich
Wilhelm's military instructor. He also penned "Principles of War"
during that time. He resigned his commission in 1811 to protest
Prussia's role as a French puppet and fought with the Russian's against
Napoleon's invasion. He then persuaded General Yorck to agree to the Convention
of Tauroggen and to desert the French Army with his entire
Carl von Clausewitz returned to the Prussian Army
in 1815 as chief of staff of Thielmann's III. Army Corps, attached to
Field Marshal von Blücher's
army. He saw action at Ligny and Wavre.
In 1819, he began to write Vom Kriege (On War), a
manuscript which included the dictum that "war is the continuation of
politics by other means." In 1830, serving as chief of staff to the
Prussian Corps of Observation during the Polish Revolution, he was
exposed to cholera and died shortly upon returning to Breslau in 1831.