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Albrecht von Roon

German general

Died when: 75 years 299 days (909 months)
Star Sign: Taurus

 

Albrecht von Roon

Albrecht Theodor Emil Graf von Roon (German pronunciation: [ˈʔalbʁɛçt fɔn ʁoːn]; 30 April 1803 Pleushagen, Prussia – 23 February 1879) was a Prussian soldier and statesman.

As Minister of War from 1859 to 1873, Roon, along with Otto von Bismarck and Helmuth von Moltke, was a dominating figure in Prussia's government during the key decade of the 1860s, when a series of successful wars against Denmark, Austria and France led to German unification under Prussia's leadership.

A moderate conservative and supporter of executive monarchy, he was an avid modernizer who worked to improve the efficiency of the army.


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