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Field Marshal August Neidhardt Von Gneisenau Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

FIELD MARSHAL AUGUST NEIDHARDT VON GNEISENAU
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August Neidhart von Gneisenau (1760-1831), was a Prussian field Marshall. His early military career included fighting in the Napoleonic Wars, for which he was awarded the Pour the Mérite, Prussia's highest military honor. He fought at the Battle of Jena in 1806 and as a major, he was named commandant of Kolberg in 1807, which managed to hold out against Napoleon's forces for several months until the Treaty of Tilsit was signed later that year. After a brief retirement, he re-joined the Prussian Army as Field Marshall Gebhard von Blücher's quartermaster general during the Wars of Liberation. He participated in the capture of Paris in 1814, which earned him the title of count. He assumed command of the Prussian Army at the Battle of Ligny in 1815 after its field Marshall was disabled. His army participated in the Battle of Waterloo, captured Napoleon's carriage and then made sure that his forces reached Paris before Wellington's. He retired soon afterwards and, in 1818, was made governor of Berlin.

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