Gustav von Alvensleben
(30.09.1803 - 30.06.1881)
place of birth: Eichenbarleben
Generaladjutant SM, General der Infanterie
General Gustav von Alvensleben served the Prussian
Military as a General of Infantry and corps commander. He and his
brothers Werner and Constantin all pursued military careers, with Gustav
attaining the rank of lieutenant in 1821 while serving in the Kaiser
Alexander Grenadier Regiment. He spent a great deal of his early career
as a staff officer, working for the Military Government of the Rhine
Province and Westphalia. Von Alvensleben later functioned as adjutant
general for Kaiser Wilhelm I beginnnig in 1861.
During the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, von Alvensleben initially
served in the Kaiser's Headquarters, but was later transferred to
command Fourth Army Corps. He remained in command of this corps
throughout the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, leading troops
into battle at Beaumont, where he was awarded the Pour le
Merite. His corps was also engaged at Sedan and Paris.
General von Alvensleben left active duty in 1872 and spent his
retirement with his brothers in Potsdam and Ballenstedt. He died in
Gernrode, Harz in June of 1881.
Eisernes Kreuz II
Pour le Mérite