Roon, Albrecht Theodor Emil, count von


Roon, Albrecht Theodor Emil, count von

biographical name

(born April 30, 1803, Pleushagen, near Kolberg, Pomerania—died Feb. 23, 1879, Berlin, Ger.) Prussian army officer. He aided Prince William (later Emperor William I) in suppressing the insurrection in Baden (1848). As minister of war (1859–73), he improved the Prussian army by requiring universal military service and a permanent reserve. His reforms contributed to the army's decisive victories in the Seven Weeks' War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), which helped make Germany the leading power on the European continent.

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