Friedrich Wilhelm Adalbert von Bredow
(24.05.1814 - 03.03.1890)
place of birth: Gut Briesen - Friesack, Brandenburg
Prussian General-Lieutenant Adalbert von Bredow was known
for leading his 12th Cavalry Brigade against the French at Vionville-Mars-la-Tour
(August 1870) during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
Although outnumbered four to one, the his troops were victorious during
what has been called "von Bredow's Death Ride" due to the high
number of Prussian casualties (about half of those involved).
Adalbert von Bredow was born in 1814 to Major Friedrich von Bredow
and his spouse Bernhardine Sophie von Wulffen. He joined the Garde-
Husaren- Regiment in 1832, and by 1859 was in command of the 4th
Dragoons Regiment in Lüben,
Silesia. The regiment was later named for him in 1889. As a colonel, von
Bredow headed up the 2nd Cavalry Brigade during the Austro-Prussian War
of 1866, where they were engaged at Trautenau and Königgrätz.
At war's end he was promoted to major general in command of 7th Cavalry
Brigade. Following his exemplary leadership during the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-71, von Bredow was promoted to lieutenant general
as he received command of the 18th Infantry Division. Von Bredow was
married to Elise Cäcilie Friederike Kühne with whom he had eleven
children. He died in March of 1890 back at the family estate near