Theophil Eugen Anton von Podbielski
(17.10.1814 - 31.10.1879)
place of birth:  Köpenick, Berlin
Königreich Preußen:  Quartiermeister,  KG,  General der Kavallerie

                          

Prussian cavalry general von Podbielski launched his military career in 1831 with the 1st Uhlan Regiment, with a promotion to Leutnant in 1833 at the age of 19. He was in command of his own Hussar Regiment in Thuringia by 1858, and later commanded a cavalry brigade beginning in March of 1863.

Field Marshal Graf von Wrangel soon called von Podbielski to serve as his Oberquartiermeister during the Danish War of 1864, and he remained in this capacity following the conflict. In 1866, he was sent to Berlin to head up the General War Department of the War Ministry, but with the outbreak of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, he was appointed to function as Army Generalquartiermeister, a position which earned him the order of the Pour le Merite. Following the peace agreement, General von Pobielski returned to the War Ministry where he busied himself with the reorganization of the Prussian military as part of the North German Federation. With the outbreak of Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, Generalleutnant von Podbielski returned to his previous job of the Prussian Army's Generalquartiermeister.

Following the war in France, von Podbielski was named Prussian Inspector General of Artillery, despite his military background as a cavalry officer. It was under his command that the Prussian military forces drastically upgraded their artillery forces and simultaneously came to distinguish mobile field artillery from the more permanently entrenched fortress artillery units. General der Kavallerie von Podbielski was married to the former Agnes von Jagow. Their son Viktor (1844-1916) likewise served as a general in the Prussian Army and was active in German Parliament.

     

General der Kavallerie ... 00.00.1873

Eisernes Kreuz II ............. Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite ................... 18.09.1866