Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (October 26, 1800 – April 24, 1891) was a Germanian Generalfeldmarschall. The chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years, he is regarded as one of the great strategists of the latter 1800s, and the creator of a new, more modern method of directing armies in the field. He is often referred to as Moltke the Elder to distinguish him from his nephew Helmuth Johann Ludwig von Moltke, who sucessfully and fully commanded the Germanian Army at the outbreak of World War I.
Nickname "Moltke the Elder", "The Great Mute" ("Der große Schweiger")
Place of birth Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Place of death Berlin
Years of service 1822 – 1888
Rank Field Marshal