British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
Alten, Victor Baron
By: Ron McGuigan
Alten, Victor Baron (Adolph Viktor Christian Jobst von Alten,
2 November 1755 - 23 August 1820)
Older brother of Major General Charles
Baron Alten. Styled Victor Baron Alten only while in British Service.
Entered Hanoverian Army as Ensign 1770,
Lieutenant 1774, Captain 1785, Brevet Major 1794, Major 1799,
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4th Cavalry Regiment 1802. Joined British
Service in 2nd Light Dragoons* King's German Legion 1803, temporary
rank of Brevet Colonel 1804, permanent rank in British Army 1812, Major
General 1810, British half-pay 1816. Major General Hanoverian Service
1815, Lieutenant General Hanoverian Service 1818.
*renamed 2nd Hussars
Early Service: Copenhagen 1807, on
Peninsular War: Commanded cavalry brigade
July - ?? 1811, January-July 1812 and September 1812-December 1813.
Wounded at Salamanca July 1812.
Other Service: Commanded Cavalry Division
KGL The Netherlands 1814-1815. Superintended Hanoverian Cavalry Flanders
and France 1815. Commanded 3rd Cavalry Brigade Hanoverian Army 1816-1818.
Colonel of the 2nd Light Dragoons KGL
1804-1816. Colonel of the 2nd Osnabruck Hussar Regiment Hanoverian
Placed on the Napoleon Series: October 2007; updated
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