Henri Niessel

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Henri Niessel
Born (1866-10-24)24 October 1866
Died 26 December 1955(1955-12-26) (aged 89)
Allegiance Flag of France.svg France
Rank Lieutenant-General
Battles/wars World War I
Other work Translator of von Clausewitz

Henri Albert Niessel (24 October 1866 – 26 December 1955) was a French general.

Niessel was commander of IX Corps.[1]

Niessel was a Russian speaker. In August 1917 Foch (Chief of the General Staff) sent him to lead the French Military Mission in Russia, then a Republic under the Provisional Government, in the hope that he could rebuild the Russian Army by repeating Berthelot’s success in rebuilding the Romanian Army.[2][3] Niessel later oversaw the withhdrawal of German Freikorps troops who had entered Latvia and Lithuania as part of Pavel Bermondt-Avalov's West Russian Volunteer Army.[4]


  • Notes sur la Prusse dans sa grande catastrophe, 1806, translated from the German, original by Carl von Clausewitz, R. Chapelot, Paris, 1903
  • D. A. T : Défense aérienne du territoire (in collaboration with Rémy Alphonse Chabord and G. de Guilhermy), Éditions cosmopolites, Paris, 1934, 250 p.
  • L'évacuation des pays baltiques par les Allemands : contribution à l'étude de la mentalité allemande, Charles-Lavauzelle, Paris, Limoges, Nancy, 1935, 272 p.
  • Le triomphe des Bolchéviks et la paix de Brest-Litovsk : Souvenirs 1917-1918, Plon, 1940, 381 p.


  1. Greenhalgh 2014, p.258
  2. Greenhalgh 2014, p.258
  3. Banerji A. (2008) Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work New Dehli: Social Science Press
  4. Eidintas, Alfonsas; Vytautas Žalys; Alfred Erich Senn (September 1999). Ed. Edvardas Tuskenis, ed. Lithuania in European Politics: The Years of the First Republic, 1918-1940 (Paperback ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 38–39. ISBN 0-312-22458-3. 

Further Reading

  • Greenhalgh, Elizabeth (2014). The French Army and the First World War. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-60568-8.