Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815: Preussen, August Ferdinand, Prinz von

Preussen, August Ferdinand, Prinz von

Born on 23 May 1730 in Berlin, he was the fourth and youngest son of King Friedrich Wilhelm I and Princess Sophia Dorothea von Hannover. His brothers were Frederick the Great, August Wilhelm and Heinrich. He was the father of Prinz Louis Ferdinand, who was killed at Saalfeld in 1806. In 1755, he married his niece, Anna Elisabeth Luise von Brandenburg-Schwedt. At the tender age of five, he was commissioned into IR Kronprinz Nr and in 1742, he was appointed Chef of IR Nr 34. In 1756, he was promoted to GM and accompanied his brother on campaign.

In 1757 he took part in the battle of Prague (where he was wounded on 6 May) and Breslau, on 22 November of that year, where he held a vital post against enemy assaults. In the battle of Leuthen (5 December) he was again distinguished. In 1758 he was promoted to GdI, but had to leave the campaign due to deteriorating health. In 1763 he was ordained as Herrenmeister (Senior Master) of the Brandenburg Lodge of the Order of St John, until 1811, when the lodge was dissolved. Frederick the Great then founded the Prussian Order on 23 May 1812, and August became Grand Master of the Order itself.

He died on 2 May 1813 in Berlin.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: October 2011

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