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Erich von Falkenhayn
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Prussian Minister of War
In office
7 June 1913 – 21 January 1915
Monarch Wilhelm II
Prime Minister Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
Preceded by Josias von Heeringen
Succeeded by Adolf Wild von Hohenborn
Chief of the German General Staff
In office
14 September 1914 – 29 August 1916
Monarch Wilhelm II
Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
Preceded by Helmuth von Moltke the Younger
Succeeded by Paul von Hindenburg
Personal details
Born 11 September 1861
Burg Belchau, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 8 April 1922 (aged 60)
Potsdam, Prussia, Weimar Republic
Spouse(s) Ida Selkmann
Relations Eugen von Falkenhayn (brother)
Fedor von Bock (nephew)
Henning von Tresckow (son-in-law)
Children Fritz Georg Adalbert von Falkenhayn (born 1890)
Erika Karola Olga von Falkenhayn (born 1904)
Profession Military officer
Awards Order of the Black Eagle
Pour le Merite with Oak Leaves
Military service
Allegiance  German Empire (1880–1919)
 Ottoman Empire (1917–1918)
Branch/service  German Empire Army
 Ottoman Empire Army
Years of service 1880–1919
Rank General der Infanterie (German Army)
Field Marshal (Ottoman Army)
Commands 4th Foot Guards (German Empire)
Chief of the German General Staff
9th Army
Army Group F (Ottoman Army)
10th Army
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
First World War

General Erich Georg Sebastian Anton von Falkenhayn (11 September 1861 – 8 April 1922) was the second Chief of the German General Staff of the First World War from September 1914 until 29 August 1916. He was removed on 29 August 1916 after the failure at the Battle of Verdun, the opening of the Battle of the Somme, the Brusilov Offensive and the entry of Romania into the war on the Allied side undid his strategy to end the war before 1917. He was later given important field commands in Romania and Syria. His reputation as a war leader was attacked in Germany during and after the war, especially by the faction which supported Paul von Hindenburg. Falkenhayn held that Germany could not win the war by a decisive battle but would have to reach a compromise peace; his enemies said he lacked the resolve necessary to win a decisive victory. Falkenhayn's relations with the Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg were troubled and undercut Falkenhayn's plans.

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