Prinz Friedrich August Eberhard von
(24.01.1813 - 12.01.1885)
place of birth: Stuttgart, Württemberg
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.
(mit dem Range als GFM)
Kreuz II ...........
Pour le Mérite