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Erich Von Falkenhayn
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Military Personnel
    (November 11, 1861-April 8, 1922)
    Born near Graudenz, Germany
    Birth name was Erich Georg Anton Sebastian von Falkenhayn
    Served in China shortly before the fall of the Ching dynasty
    Prussian Minister of War (1913)
    Made Chief of Staff during World War I after the Germans were defeated at the Marne (1914)
    Planned the Verdun offensive on the Western Front
    Dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II after Verdun's failure (1916)
    Given command of the Ninth Army and organized an offensive that knocked Romania out of the war
    Fought with the Ottoman Turks in Palestine (1917)
    Served in Lithuania (1918)
    Retired at the war's end
    The Battle of Verdun was one of the bloodiest in history, with huge casualties on both sides.
    His tactics were not very aggressive and he missed an opportunity to wipe out the entire Russian army.
    He wanted to continue Germany's submarine warfare, which killed many noncombatants.
    He was a cautious commander who was adept at trench warfare.
    He fought skillfully against France.
    After he retired, he wrote several books about his experiences in World War I.

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