Friedrich Karl Nikolaus Prinz von Preußen
(20.03.1828 - 15.06.1885)
place of birth:  Berlin - Schlo
ß Klein
Königreich PreußenPreußischer Prinz,  OBH,  Generalfeldmarschall

                           

Prussian imperial field marshal who was a field army commander during the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71.  Friedrich Karl was born to Prince Karl von Preussen and Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar, also the grandson of Friedrich Wilhelm III. The prince had four daughters and one son with his wife Princess Maria Anna von Anhalt. Friedrich Karl began his military training as a teenager under the watchful eye of Major Albrecht von Roon. Later, with the rank of major in the cavalry, Friedrich Karl served as a staff officer for General  von Wrangel during the German-Danish War in 1848, getting wounded at at Baden. He also took part inthe Second War of Schleswig against Denmark in 1864.

During the Austro-Prussian War 1866, General der Kavallerie Friedrich headed up the First Army and successfully battled the Austrian contingent at Königgrätz alongside his first cousin Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm. With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, the Prince was in command of the Second Army, leading them into battle at Spicheren, Mars le Tour, and Gravelotte-St Privat. His troops also won engagements at Orleans and Le Mans.  For his leadership, he was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall, becoming the Inspector-General of the Prussian Army following the war. In 1860, the Prince published the work Eine militärische Denkschrift von P. F. K. The prince died in October 1870 at Klein Glienicke near Potsdam.

     

Generalfeldmarschall ...... 28.10.1870

Großkreuz des EK ............ 22.03.1871

Pour le Mérite .................... 00

Militär-St-Heinrich .......... 00