Alfred Von Waldersee

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Waldersee, Alfred Von


Born Apr. 8, 1832, in Potsdam; died Mar. 5, 1904, in Hanover. Count, German general field marshal (1900).

In 1870, Waldersee was military attaché in France and in 1871 the first German ambassador to France. In 1882, Waldersee became quartermaster general and deputy chief of the general staff of H. Moltke (the elder), whom he replaced in this post in 1888. He had great influence over Emperor William II and advocated a preventive war against France and Russia; he came in conflict with Chancellor O. von Bismarck in an attempt to gain his post. In 1891 he was removed from his post and appointed corps commander. In 1900-01 Waldersee commanded the allied troops of the imperialist pow- ers that suppressed the I Ho T’uan [Boxer] Rebellion in China.

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The foremost authority on Wilhelmian Germany and an unsurpassed historical detective, Rohl has drawn extensively on a number of archives, particularly on the Archiv der Hessischen Hausstiftung, Schloss Fasanerie, for the papers of the Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, later Kaiser Friedrich III, and Crown Princess Victoria, later Kaiserin Victoria; the Royal Archives in Windsor, for the papers of Queen Victoria among others; and the former Deutsches Zentrales Staatsarchiv II in Merseburg, for the papers of Count Alfred von Waldersee, having demonstrated that the published edition of his papers by Heinrich Otto von Meisner is unreliable.
This was largely due to Wilhelm coming under the influence of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Count Alfred von Waldersee.