Karl Ernst Job-Wilhelm
(20.07.1783 - 09.07.1837)
place of birth: Halberstadt, Provinz Sachsen
Chef des Militärkabinetts, General der Infanterie
Job von Witzleben was a Prussian generalleutnant
and adjutant to King Frederick William III. He later
succeeded General Ernst von Hake as Prussian Minister of War.
He was born into Thuringian nobility, the son of Generalmajor Karl
Friedrich von Witzleben and his wife Amalie von Wulff.
In 1812, Major Job von Witzleben married
Auguste Henriette von Splittgerber. The couple eventually had two sons,
one who became a general and the other a colonel in the Prussian Army.
The eldest of their two daughters, Sophie, later became the wife of
Field Marshal Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel.
Serving as a Leibpage for King Frederick William II,
10-year old Job's budding military career began in 1793. He later
entered the Leibgarde, where he became close friends with future king,
Frederick William III, under whom he would eventually serve. Von
Witzleben was a 2nd lieutenant fighting Napoleon I's troops during the Battle
at Jena and Auerstedt, when he ended up a prisoner of war for
about one year. He later saw action versus Napoleon I once more in May
1813 during the Battle of Lützen, the War of the Sixth
Von Witzleben's military achievements and royal
connections led to highly visible postings within the General
Staff and War Ministry. After achieving the general's rank and serving
as Frederick William III's cabinet chief and trusted military advisor
for several years, he was ultimately selected to succeed Ernst von Hake
as Prussian Minister of War. In this position, General von Witzleben
labored to successfully integrate the Landwehr forces into Prussia's
standing army. A severe illness forced him out of office, and he died
in Berlin in July of 1837.