Prinz Friedrich August Eberhard von Württemberg
(24.01.1813 - 12.01.1885)
place of birth:  Stuttgart, Württemberg
Königreich Württemberg:  Prinz,  Generaloberst mdR GFM  (Kav)

                          

Prussian
Field Marshall Prince August was the son of Prince Paul von Württemberg, the brother of King Wilhelm I, and Princess Charlotte von Sachsen-Altenburg. He began his military service at the age of 16 and had attained the rank of Rittmeister in the Kingdom of Württemberg's army by 1831, soon thereafter transferring to the Prussian Army. Prince August attained the rank of Generalmajor by the age 31, for the most part serving as a commander of cavalry units. By 1858, the prince had been given command of the Guard Corps, a position he would hold for the next twenty year.

During the Austro-Prussian War of 1866,
Prince August led his Guard Corps to important victories at Soor and Burkersdorf.  His corps also played a role in the July 1866 engagement at Königgrätz, after which Kaiser Wilhelm I bestowed on him the order of Pour le Merite and named him regimental commander a la suite of the Posen Uhlan Regiment Nr.10 at Züllichau. Prince August continued command of his Guard Corps during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, leading them during a very bloody battle at Gravellote in August 1870. The Guard Corps also took part in the Battle of Sedan and the siege of Paris. Following the war, Prince August was promoted to the Generaloberst of Cavalry with the rank of Field Marshal in 1873. He retired from active service in 1882, receiving the prized order of the Schwarzer Adler. Field Marshal August died in 1885 during a hunting trip at Zehdenick.

     

Generaloberst ................. 02.09.1873  (mit dem Range als GFM)

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

Pour le Mérite ................. 03.08.1866  (Eichenlaub:  16.06.1871)