British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars� 1793-1815
Alten, Charles Baron
By: Ron McGuigan
Alten, Charles BARON (Karl August von Alten,
21 October 1764 - 20 April 1840)
Younger brother of Major General Victor Baron Alten.
Styled Charles Baron Alten only while in British Service.
Entered Hanoverian Army 1781, Lieutenant 1785, Captain
1790,� Major 1795, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Foot Guards 1802. Joined
British Service in 1st Light Battalion King's German Legion 1803, temporary
rank of Lieutenant Colonel 1803, temporary rank of Colonel 1804, Brigadier
General on the Staff 1808-1810.� Permanent rank in British Army 1812,�
Major General 1810. British half-pay 1816. Became� Lieutenant General
Hanoverian Service 1814, General Hanoverian Service 1816.
Early service: Hanoverian Army Flanders 1793-1795.
Commanded brigade KGL Hanover 1805, brigade KGL Copenhagen 1807, brigade
KGL Sweden 1808.
Portugal & Spain: Commanded light brigade KGL
Spain 1808-1809 and embarked at Vigo 1809.�
Peninsular War: Commanded brigade KGL 7th Division
April - October 1811 and temporarily commanded the 7th Division October
1811- May 1812. Commanded the� Light Division May 1812- April 1814.
Other Service: Commanded brigade KGL on Walcheren
1809. Commanded Hanoverian Subsidiary Corps Netherlands 1814-1815. Commanded
3rd Division at Waterloo and wounded 1815. Commanded� Hanoverian Reserve
Corps 1815. Commanded Hanoverian Contingent of the Army of Occupation
1815-1818. Inspector of Infantry Hanover 1818. Inspector General of
the Army and Minister of War Hanover 1831/1832-1840.�
KCB (Honourary) 1815. GCB (Honourary) 1820. Created
Graf von Alten 1815. Colonel of 1st Light Battalion King's German Legion
1804-1816.� Colonel of the 1st Infantry Regiment� Gottingen, Hanoverian
Placed on the Napoleon Series: May 2006
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