Theophil Eugen Anton von Podbielski
(17.10.1814 - 31.10.1879)
place of birth: Köpenick,
General der Cavallerie
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.
Eisernes Kreuz II
Pour le Mérite