Clausewitz joined the Prussian army in 1791. In 1801, he was admitted to the War College in Berlin, where he studied under Scharnhorst. He took part in the Napoleonic wars, serving on the Russian as well as the Prussian sides. He was promoted to general in 1818 and was appointed head of the War College It was during this time that he wrote his famous work, Vom Kriege, or On War. Clausewitz was a leading influence on the future Prussian and German general staff.
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