The New International Encyclopædia/Hake, Karl von

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HAKE, hä'ke, Karl von (1768-1835). A German soldier, born at Flatow in Brandenburg. He began his military career as an ensign in the guards, took psrt in the battles connected with the French Revolution, in 1809 was appointed to a post in the War Ministry, and in 1810 became chief of the War Department. In 1813 he attracted much attention by his efficient preparations for war, subsequently commanded a brigade in Bülow's corps with rank of major-general, and took a distinguished part in the battle of Waterloo. From 1819 to 1833 he was Minister of War, in which capacity he carried out important schemes of reorganization.