Hi everyone. After having some interesting conversation in a WI thread about an Austrian Moltke, I decided to formalize the ideas into a timeline. Given my lack of time to write, this will not be extremely detailed, but I hope you enjoy nonetheless. Feedback and criticism of course welcome. Many thanks to @Ludwig von Stieglitz and @Derek Pullem for their ideas. I will try to update at least twice a week and plan for the TL to go on until the end of the 20th century (if there is interest, of course). Prelude: 1805: Friedrich Philipp Victor von Moltke moves with his family to Graz in the Austrian Empire. The family is left impoverished after the French occupation of the city in 1809. [PoD] 1812: A young Helmuth von Moltke goes to cadet school in Vienna. 1818: Moltke becomes a lieutenant in an infantry regiment. 1822: Moltke enters the Theresianum, which he finishes in 1826 1827: After leading a cadet school for one year, he is employed on the military survey in Northern Italy. 1832: Moltke is seconded for service on the general staff at Vienna, to which he was transferred in 1833 on promotion to first lieutenant. 1838: He is sent as an advisor to the Ottoman empire, taking part in the war against Muhammad Ali. He goes on to publish numerous works that are well received in Vienna. 1848: He becomes Chief of the Staff of d'Aspres II Corps, while rebellion breaks out in Hungary. The units stationed in Northern Italy go on to defeat the Piedmontese army at Custoza and Novara, and restoring order in Lombardy-Venetia. 1857: Moltke becomes chief of the General Staff of the Austrian Empire and proposes reforms on the army structure an general modernization, including the adoption of new breech loading Lorenz Rifles. 1859: Trouble again brews in Northern Italy.