Hans Dietrich Graf von Hülsen-Haeseler
(13.02.1852 - 14.11.1908)
place of birth:  Berlin

Königreich Preußen:  Chef des Militärkabinetts,  General der Infanterie


Prussian general officer
Hans Dietrich Graf von Hülsen-Haeseler served as Kaiser Wilhelm II's Military Cabinet Chief from 1901 to 1908, having replaced his predecessor Wilhelm von Hahnke. The son of Intendant General Botho von Hülsen and his spouse the Duchess of Haeseler, Hans Dietrich entered military service in 1870 just as the Prussians were engaged in battle with France. Kaiser Wilhelm II then selected him in 1889 to serve as one of his aide-de-camps. He was later posted for a couple years in Vienna as Prussia's military attaché to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Graf von Hülsen-Haeseler then returned to Berlin to command the Guard Füsilier Regiment.

Upon his promotion to Generalmajor in 1899, Hülsen-Haeseler completed relatively short stints as the Chief of Staff of the Guards Corps and then Commander of 2nd Guards Infantry Brigade. In May of 1901 he was brought back into the Kaiser's entourage to function for the next seven years as his Military Cabinet Chief. During a November 1908 hunting trip in Donaueschingen with the Kaiser and his retinue, General Graf von Hülsen-Haeseler suddenly died of what was officially termed a nervous breakdown. The Cabinet Chief had actually died from a heart attack while dancing at a party that evening dressed in a ballerina's tutu. The real circumstances of his death had been white washed due to the General's role in organizing the cover up during the embarrassment of the Harden-Eulenburg Affair


Mil-Kabinettschef  02.05.1901  -  17.11.1908

General der Infanterie  16.10.1906

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871