Gustav Hermann von Alvensleben
(17.01.1827 - 01.02.1905)
place of birth:  Rathenow, Brandenburg
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General der Kavallerie

                          

Gustav Hermann von Alvensleben was a Prussian General of Cavalry and Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle. He was born the second son of General of Cavalry Gebhard von Alvensleben and Eugenia von Oppeln. He enrolled in the Kadettenanstalt at Potsdam at the age of 11, became well-known as an expert horseman, and saw his military career take off quickly. He was married to Gabrielle von Berlichingen, and the couple had two children.

General von Alvensleben took part in both the the Danish War of 1864 and the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. He was later honored with the Pour le Merite medal for demonstrating exceptional bravery during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. Following these campaigns, von Alvensleben continued to rise in rank and prominence within the Prussian military. He was promoted to Generalmajor in 1874, and in 1880 was transferred to command a division at the rank of Generalleutnant. In 1886, von Alvensleben was promoted to General der Kavallerie and headed up the Thirteenth Army Corps in Stuttgart, his final command before retiring from active duty. General von Alvensleben died in February of 1905 at Schloss Möckmühl in Württemberg.

     

General der Kavallerie ... 00.00.1886

Eisernes Kreuz II ............. Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite ................... 00.00.1871

Militär-St-Heinrich ......... 00