Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815: Thile, Alexander Heinrich von

Thile, Alexander Heinrich von

Born on 15 October 1742 in Glogau, Silesia (now Glogow, Poland); his father was Friedrich Leopold von Thile, GL and Chef of a Saxon IR. He entered Saxon military service on 9 December 1752 as Lt in the Leibgrenadiergarde, but did not actually serve with the regiment. In 1757, he served in the Seven Years War, in a Saxon regiment in the French army against Prussia. He fought at the battles of Bergen, Minden, the clash of Lutterberg, the sieges of Braunschweig and Wolfenbüttel. On 24 July 1762, he was promoted to Kapt, and on 2 June 1778, to Maj. In 1778 – 1779, he served in the war with Austria. On 9 June1787, he left Saxon service, and on the following 1 July, entered Prussian service as Maj and commander of the Füs Bn Nr 14. On 20 May 1788, he was promoted to Obstlt, and on 11 August 1790, to Obst. From 1794 – 1795, he fought in the war in Poland. On 6 January 1795, he was promoted to GM and appointed Chef of the IR von Pfül Nr 46. On 20 May 1801, he was promoted to GL, and on 25 June 1802, was awarded the PLM and a gift of 2,000 Thlr from the king. On 11 September 1806, he was appointed acting governor of Breslau fortress. He surrendered the place to the French on 5 January 1807. For this he was court-martialled and on 9 March 1811, was sentenced to two years detention in Spandau fortress, where he died on 24 February 1812.

Placed on the Napoleon Series: August 2012

 

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