Friedrich Emil Ferdinand
Heinrich Graf Kleist von Nollendorf
(09.02.1762 - 17.02.1823)
place of birth: Berlin
Generaladjutant SM, Generalfeldmarschall
General von Kleist was a Field
Marshal serving in the Imperial Prussian Army. He was initially a Page in Prince
Heinrich's court in 1774 and thereafter joined Infantry Regiment von Bülow
to fight in the War of Bavarian Succession 1778-79. Kleist then saw
action during the French Revolutionary Wars when he was attached
Marshal von Möllendorf's general staff. From 1803 to 1807, von Kleist
served as Adjutant General to King Friedrich Wilhelm III, seeing action
at Jena and Auerstedt.
He returned to field duty in 1807, seeing action at Jena
during the Napoleonic Wars and also fighting under General Yorck
von Wartenburg in the War against Russia in 1812. He commanded a corps of coalition forces at
the start of the Prussian campaign versus France in 1813, and then
served as the Prussian envoy during the peace negotiations at Poischwitz.
Graf Kleist von Nollendorf was then transferred to Magdeburg where he
became the initial commander of Prussia's IV. Army Corps.
Nollendorfplatz and Kleiststrase in Berlin are both named after him.
Pour le Mérite