Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von, prince von Wahlstatt


Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von, prince von Wahlstatt

biographical name

(born Dec. 16, 1742, Rostock, Mecklenburg—died Sept. 12, 1819, Krieblowitz, near Kanth, Silesia, Prussia) Prussian military leader. He joined the Prussian army in 1760 and commanded troops against the French (1793–94) and in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1813 he came out of retirement to command Prussian troops against the French, defeating them at Wahlstatt and assisting in the allied victory at the Battle of Leipzig. In 1815 he again commanded Prussian forces in the Battle of Waterloo, coordinating his army with the allied forces under the duke of Wellington to bring about Napoleon's defeat.

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