Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher

Gebhard Leberecht von[a] Blücher, Fürst[b] von Wahlstatt (German pronunciation: [ˈɡɛphaɐ̯t ˈleːbəʁɛçt fɔn ˈblʏçɐ]; 16 December 1742 – 12 September 1819), Graf (count), later elevated to Fürst (sovereign prince) von Wahlstatt, was a Prussian Generalfeldmarschall (field marshal). He earned his greatest recognition after leading his army against Napoleon I at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Blücher was born in Rostock, the son of a retired army captain. His military career began in 1758 as a hussar in the Swedish Army. He was captured by the Prussians in 1760 during the Pomeranian Campaign and thereafter joined the Prussian Army, serving as a hussar officer for Prussia during the remainder of the Seven Years' War. In 1773, Blücher was forced to resign by Frederick the Great for insubordination. He worked as a farmer until the death of Frederick in 1786, when Blücher was reinstated and promoted to colonel. For his success in the French Revolutionary Wars, Blücher became a major general in 1794. He became a lieutenant general in 1801 and commanded the cavalry corps during the Napoleonic Wars in 1806.

War broke out between Prussia and France again in 1813 and Blücher returned to active service at the age of 71. He was appointed full general over the Prussian field forces and clashed with Napoleon at the Battles of Lützen and Bautzen. Later he won a critical victory over the French at the Battle of Katzbach. Blücher commanded the Prussian Army of Silesia at the Battle of the Nations where Napoleon was decisively defeated. For his role, Blücher was made a field marshal and received his title of Prince of Wahlstatt. After Napoleon’s return in 1815, Blücher took command of the Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine and coordinated his force with that of the British and Allied forces under the Duke of Wellington. At the Battle of Ligny, he was severely injured and the Prussians retreated. After recovering, Blücher resumed command and joined Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, with the intervention of Blücher's army playing a decisive role in the final allied victory.

Blücher was made an honorary citizen of Berlin, Hamburg and Rostock. Known for his fiery personality, he was nicknamed Marschall Vorwärts ("Marshal Forward") by his soldiers because of his aggressive approach in warfare.[1] Along with Paul von Hindenburg, he was the highest-decorated Prussian-German soldier in history: Blücher and Hindenburg are the only German military officers to have been awarded the Star of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. A statue once stood in the square that bore his name, Blücherplatz in Breslau.[2]


Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
Blücher (nach Gebauer)
Blücher (as he appeared ca. 1815–1819)
Nickname(s)Marschall Vorwärts
Born16 December 1742
Rostock, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Holy Roman Empire
Died12 September 1819 (aged 76)
Krieblowitz, Province of Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation
Allegiance Sweden
 Prussia
Service/branchPrussian Army
Years of service1758–1815
RankKingdom of Prussia Generalfeldmarschall
Battles/warsSeven Years' War
French Revolutionary Wars
Napoleonic Wars
AwardsStar of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
Pour le Mérite
Iron Cross
Order of St. George
Military William Order

Biography

Early life

Blücher was born on 16 December 1742 in Rostock a Baltic port in northern Germany then in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.[3] His father was a retired army captain, and his family had been landowners in northern Germany since at least the 13th century.[4]

He began his military career at the age of sixteen,[c] when he joined the Swedish Army as a hussar.[5] At the time, Sweden was at war with Prussia in the Seven Years' War. Blücher took part in the Pomeranian campaign of 1760, where Prussian hussars captured him in a skirmish. The colonel of the Prussian regiment, Wilhelm Sebastian von Belling (a distant relative), was impressed with the young hussar and had him join his own regiment.[3][6]

Blücher took part in the later battles of the Seven Years' War, and as a hussar officer gained much experience in light cavalry work. In peace, however, his ardent spirit led him into excesses of all kinds, such as the mock execution of a priest suspected of supporting Polish uprisings in 1772. As a result, he was passed over for promotion to major. Blücher submitted a rude letter of resignation in 1773, which Frederick the Great replied to with "Captain Blücher can take himself to the devil" (1773).[3]

Blücher settled down to farming. Within fifteen years, he had acquired independence and had become a Freemason. During Frederick the Great's lifetime, Blücher could not return to the army. However, the monarch died in 1786, and the following year Blücher was reinstated as a major in his old regiment, the Red Hussars. He took part in the expedition to the Netherlands in 1787, and the next year was promoted to lieutenant colonel. In 1789, he received Prussia's highest military order, the Pour le Mérite, and in 1794 he became colonel of the Red Hussars. In 1793 and 1794, Blücher distinguished himself in cavalry actions against the French, and for his victory at Kirrweiler on 28 May 1794 he was promoted to major general. In 1801, he was made a lieutenant general.[3]

Napoleonic Wars

Marschall Vorwärts (1863)
Marschall Vorwärts by Emil Hünten (1863)

Blücher was one of the leaders of the war party in Prussia in 1805, and he served as a cavalry general in the disastrous campaign of 1806. At the double Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, Blücher fought at Auerstedt, repeatedly leading the charges of the Prussian cavalry, but without success. During the retreat of the broken armies, he commanded the rearguard composed of Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe's corps.[3] With the capitulation of the main body after the Battle of Prenzlau on 28 October,[3] he found his march toward the north-east blocked.[7] He led the remnant of his corps away to the north-west.[3] Reinforcing his numbers with a division previously commanded by Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Blücher and his new chief of staff, Gerhard von Scharnhorst, reorganised his forces into two small corps totaling 21,000 men and 44 cannons.[8] Nevertheless, he was defeated by two French corps at the Battle of Lübeck [3] on 6 November. The next day, trapped against the Danish frontier by 40,000 French troops, he was compelled to surrender with less than 10,000 soldiers at Ratekau.[9] Blücher insisted that clauses be written in the capitulation document that he had had to surrender due to lack of provisions and ammunition,[3] and that his soldiers should be honoured by a French formation along the street. He was allowed to keep his sabre and to move freely, bound only by his word of honour,[10] and was soon exchanged for future Marshal Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, and was actively employed in Pomerania, at Berlin, and at Königsberg until the conclusion of the war.[3]

After the war, Blücher was looked upon as the natural leader of the Patriot Party, with which he was in close touch during the period of Napoleonic domination. But his hopes of an alliance with Austria in the war of 1809 were disappointed. In this year he was made general of cavalry. In 1812 he expressed himself so openly on the alliance of Russia with France that he was recalled from his military governorship of Pomerania and virtually banished from the court.[3]

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in Bautzen 1813
Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in Bautzen by Bogdan Willewalde (1885).

Following the start of the War of Liberation in the Spring of 1813, Blücher was again placed in high command, and he was present at Lützen and Bautzen. During the Summer truce, he worked on the organisation of the Prussian forces; when the war was resumed, he became commander-in-chief of the Army of Silesia, with August von Gneisenau and Karl von Müffling as his principal staff officers and 40,000 Prussians and 50,000 Russians under his command during the Autumn Campaign. The most conspicuous military quality displayed by Blücher was his unrelenting energy.[3]

The irresolution and divergence of interests usual in Sixth Coalition armies found in him a restless opponent. Knowing that if he could not induce others to co-operate he was prepared to attempt the task at hand by himself which often caused other generals to follow his lead. He defeated Marshal MacDonald at the Katzbach, and by his victory over Marshal Marmont at Möckern led the way to the decisive defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig. Blücher's own army stormed Leipzig on the evening of the last day of the battle.[3] This was the fourth battle between Napoleon and Blücher, and the first that Blücher had won.

On the day of Möckern (16 October 1813) Blücher was made a field marshal, and after the victory he pursued the French with his accustomed energy. In the winter of 1813–1814 Blücher, with his chief staff officers, was mainly instrumental in inducing the Coalition sovereigns to carry the war into France itself.[3]

Cruikshank - Old Blucher beating the Corsican Big Drum
Old Blucher beating the Corsican Big Drum, George Cruikshank, 8 April 1814.

The Battle of Brienne and the Battle of La Rothière were the chief incidents of the first stage of the celebrated 1814 campaign in north-east France, and they were quickly followed by victories of Napoleon over Blücher at Champaubert, Vauchamps, and Montmirail. But the courage of the Prussian leader was undiminished, and his victory against the vastly outnumbered French, at Laon (9 and 10 March) practically decided the fate of the campaign.[3] However, his health had been severely affected by the strains of the previous two months, and he now suffered a breakdown, during which he lost his sight and suffered a delusion that a Frenchman had impregnated him with an elephant.[11] Dominic Lieven wrote that the breakdown "revealed the fragility of the coalition armies' command structure and just how much the Army of Silesia had depended on Blücher's drive, courage and charisma.... The result was that for more than a week after the battle of Laon the Army of Silesia... played no useful role in the war".[12]

After this, Blücher infused some of his energy into the operations of the Prince Schwarzenberg's Army of Bohemia, and at last this army and the Army of Silesia marched in one body directly towards Paris. The victory of Montmartre, the entry of the allies into the French capital, and the overthrow of the First Empire were the direct consequences.[3]

Blücher was inclined to punish the city of Paris severely for the sufferings of Prussia at the hands of the French armies, but the allied commanders intervened. Blowing up the Jena Bridge near the Champ de Mars[3] was said by the Duke of Wellington to have been one of his contemplated acts:

About blowing up the bridge of Jena there were two parties in the Prussian Army—Gneisenau and Muffling against, but Blucher violently for it. In spite of all I could do, he did make the attempt, even while I believe my sentinel was standing at one end of the bridge. But the Prussians had no experience of blowing up bridges. We, who had blown up so many in Spain, could have done it in five minutes. The Prussians made a hole in one of the pillars, but their powder blew out instead of up, and I believe hurt some of their own people.[13]

In gratitude for his victories in 1814, King Frederick William III of Prussia created Blücher Prince of Wahlstatt (in Silesia on the Katzbach battlefield).[3][d] The king also awarded him estates near Krieblowitz (now Krobielowice, Poland) in Lower Silesia and a grand mansion at 2, Pariser Platz in Berlin (which in 1930 became the Embassy of the United States, Berlin). Soon afterward Blücher paid a visit to England, where he was received with royal honors and cheered enthusiastically everywhere he went.[3]

Hundred Days and later life

Prussian Attack Plancenoit by Adolf Northern
The Prussian attack on Plancenoit during the Battle of Waterloo, painted by Adolph Northen

After the war Blücher retired to Silesia. However, the return of Napoleon from Elba and his entry into Paris at the start of the Hundred Days, called him back to service. He was put in command of the Army of the Lower Rhine, with General August von Gneisenau as his chief of staff. At the outset of the Waterloo Campaign of 1815 the Prussians sustained a serious defeat at Ligny (16 June), in the course of which the old field marshal lay trapped under his dead horse for several hours and was repeatedly ridden over by cavalry, his life saved only by the devotion of his aide-de-camp Count Nostitz, who threw a greatcoat over his commander in order to obscure Blücher's rank and identity from the passing French. As Blücher was unable to resume command for some hours, Gneisenau took command, drew off the defeated army and rallied it.[3] In spite of Gneisenau's distrust of Wellington, he obeyed Blücher's last orders to direct the army's retreat towards Wavre, rather than Liege, in order to keep alive the possibility of joining the Prussian and Wellington's Anglo-allied armies together.[14]

After bathing his wounds in a liniment of rhubarb and garlic, and fortified by a liberal internal dose of schnapps, Blücher rejoined his army. Gneisenau feared that the British had reneged on their earlier agreements and favored a withdrawal, but Blücher convinced him to send two Corps to join Wellington at Waterloo.[15][16] He then led his army on a tortuous march along muddy paths, arriving on the field of Waterloo in the late afternoon. In spite of his age, the pain of his wounds, and the effort it must have taken for him to remain on horseback, Bernard Cornwell states that several soldiers attested to Blücher's high spirits and his determination to beat Napoleon:

"Forwards!" he was quoted as saying. "I hear you say it's impossible, but it has to be done! I have given my promise to Wellington, and you surely don't want me to break it? Push yourselves, my children, and we'll have victory!" It is impossible not to like Blücher. He was seventy-four years (sic) old,[17] still in pain and discomfort from his adventures at Ligny, still stinking of schnapps and of rhubarb liniment, yet he is all enthusiasm and energy. If Napoleon's demeanour that day was one of sullen disdain for an enemy he underestimated, and Wellington's a cold, calculating calmness that hid concern, then Blücher is all passion.[18]

Rencontre a Belle-Alliance
Blücher and Wellington meeting close to La Belle Alliance.

With the battle hanging in the balance Blücher's army intervened with decisive and crushing effect, his vanguard drawing off Napoleon's badly needed reserves, and his main body being instrumental in crushing French resistance. This victory led the way to a decisive victory through the relentless pursuit of the French by the Prussians. The two Coalition armies entered Paris on 7 July.[3]

Prince Blücher remained in the French capital for a few months, but his age and infirmities compelled him to retire to his Silesian residence at Krieblowitz.[3] At the invitation of the British government, he made another state visit to England, to be formally thanked for his and his army's role in the Waterloo Campaign. When his carriage stopped on Blackheath hill, overlooking London, he is said to have exclaimed, "What a city to sack!"[19] He died at Krieblowitz on 12 September 1819, aged 77.[3] After his death, an imposing mausoleum was built for his remains.

Assessment

According to his biography in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1911), Blucher retained, to the end of his life, the wildness and tendency to excesses which had caused his dismissal from the army in his youth, but these faults sprang from an ardent and vivid temperament which made him a leader of people.[20] While by no means a military genius, his sheer determination and ability to spring back from errors made him a competent leader.[3]

Campaigns

  • 1760: Pomeranian Campaign (as Swedish soldier; captured by Prussia; changed sides)
  • Seven Years' War
  • 1787: Expedition to the Netherlands with Red Hussars
  • 1793–1794: French campaigns with Red Hussars
  • 1806: Auerstadt, Pomerania, Berlin, Königsberg
  • 1813: Lützen, Bautzen, Katzbach, Möckern, Leipzig
  • 1814: Brienne, La Rothière, Champaubert, Vauchamps, Château-Thierry, Montmirail, Laon, Montmartre
  • 1815: Lower Rhine (Battle of Ligny), Battle of Waterloo

Publications

Blücher von Wahlstadt - Tyroff HA
Coat of Arms of Count Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt

His campaign journal covering the years 1793 to 1794 was published in 1796:

  • Kampagne-Journal der Jahre 1793 und 1794 (Berlin: Decker, 1796)

A second edition of this diary, together with some of Blücher's letters, was published in 1914:

  • Vorwärts! Ein Husaren-Tagebuch und Feldzugsbriefe von Gebhardt Leberecht von Blücher, introduced by General Field Marshal von der Goltz, edited by Heinrich Conrad (Munich: G. Müller, [1914])

His collected writings and letters (together with those of Yorck and Gneisenau) appeared in 1932:

  • Gesammelte Schriften und Briefe / Blücher, Yorck, Gneisenau, compiled and edited by Edmund Th. Kauer (Berlin-Schöneberg: Oestergaard, [1932])

Family

Blücher was married twice: in 1773 to Karoline Amalie von Mehling (1756–1791) and in 1795 to Amalie von Colomb (1772–1850), sister of General Peter von Colomb. By his first marriage he had seven children, two sons and a daughter surviving infancy.

Ancestry

Ancestors of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
16. Bernhard von Blücher, Herr auf Groß-Renzow
8. Ulrich Hans von Blücher
17. Diliane von Barner
4. Siegfried Ulrich von Blücher
18. Siegfried von Dechow, Herr auf Pantelitz
9. Anna Sophia von Dechow
19. Catharina von Rieben
2. Christian Friedrich von Blücher
20. Joachim von Winterfeld, Herr auf Tüze Mulsow usw
10. Franz Henning von Winterfeld, Herr auf Kirch-Mulsow
21. Margarethe von Passow
5. Ida Margarete von Winterfeld
22. Joachim Christoph von Moltke, Herr auf Samow Schorsow und Bülow
11. Adelheid von Moltke
23. Adelheid von der Lühe
1. Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Fürst von Wahlstatt
24. Barthold von Zülow
12. Hans Joachim von Zülow, Herr auf Zülow
25. Margaretha von Sperling
6. Barthold Hans von Zülow, Herr auf Pätrow und Toitenwinkel
26. Paul von Rantzau, Herr zu Bothkamp Doberstorf
13. Ida von Rantzau
27. Ida von Rantzau
3. Dorothea Maria von Zülow
28. Daniel von Both, Herr auf Kalkhorst
14. Balthasar Valentin von Both
29. Adelheid von Lützow
7. Dorothea Maria von Both
30. Barthold Hinrich von Lützow, Herr auf Dreilützow
15. Katharina Dorothea von Lützow
31. Dorothea Maria von Bülow

Descendants

The marshal's grandson, Count Gebhard Bernhard von Blücher (1799–1875), was created Prince Blücher of Wahlstatt (Serene Highness) in Prussia, a hereditary title in primogeniture, the other members of his branch bearing the title count or countess. In 1832, he bought Raduň Castle in the Opava District and in 1847 the lands at Wahlstatt, Legnickie Pole, all of which remained in the family until the flight and expulsion of Germans from Poland and Czechoslovakia in 1945, which forced the family into exile in their mansion Havilland Hall in Guernsey, acquired by the 4th prince and his English wife, Evelyn, Princess Blücher. Later the family moved to Eurasburg, Bavaria. The present head of the House of Blücher von Wahlstatt is Nicolaus, 8th Prince Blücher of Wahlstatt (born 1932), the heir apparent is his son, hereditary count Lukas (born 1956).[21]

Legacy

Rostock Blücher Denkmal
Blücher monument in front of the University of Rostock's main building, created by Johann Gottfried Schadow in collaboration with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

After his death, statues were erected to his memory at Berlin, Breslau, Rostock and Kaub (where his troops crossed the Rhine in pursuit of Napoleon's forces in 1813).

In gratitude for his service, George Stephenson, the pioneering British locomotive engineer, named a locomotive after him, and Oxford University granted him an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Laws), about which he is supposed to have joked that if he was made a doctor they should at least make Gneisenau an apothecary.

The Blucher was named after him, after the original ship was captured by the British and the new owners named it in his name.

Three ships of the German navy have been named in honour of Blücher. The first to be so named was the corvette SMS Blücher, built at Kiel's Norddeutsche Schiffbau AG (later renamed the Krupp-Germaniawerft) and launched 20 March 1877. Taken out of service after a boiler explosion in 1907, she ended her days as a coal freighter in Vigo, Spain.

On 11 April 1908, the Panzerkreuzer SMS Blücher was launched from the Imperial Shipyard in Kiel. This ship was sunk on 24 January 1915 in the First World War at the Battle of Dogger Bank.

The Second World War German heavy cruiser Blücher was completed in September 1939, and pronounced ready for service on 5 April 1940 after completing a series of sea trials and training exercises. The vessel was sunk four days later near Oslo during the invasion of Norway.

He was played by German actor Otto Gebühr in the 1929 film Waterloo. In 1932 he was the subject of the biographical film Marshal Forwards in which he was played by Paul Wegener. It was part of a group of Prussian films released during the era.

When Krieblowitz was conquered by the Red Army in 1945, Soviet soldiers broke into the Blücher mausoleum and scattered the remains — despite the fact that Blücher had been instrumental in the final defeat of Napoleon, the would-be conqueror of Russia. Soviet troops reportedly used his skull as a football. After 1989, some of his profaned remains were taken by a Polish priest and interred in the catacomb of the church in Sośnica (German: Schosnitz), 3 km from the now Polish Krobielowice.[22]

He was portrayed by Soviet actor Sergo Zakariadze, in the 1970 Soviet-Italian film Waterloo.

Blücher is honoured with a bust in the Walhalla temple near Regensburg.

Blücher also has a boarding house named after him at Berkshire based Wellington College. The Blucher, as it is known, is a boys' house renowned for sporting and academic prowess.

A popular German idiom, ran wie Blücher ("charge like Blücher"), meaning that someone is taking very direct and aggressive action, in war or otherwise, refers to Blücher.

Vasily Blyukher's last name was given to his family by a landlord in honor of Gebhard.

Near Twickenham Stadium is the Prince Blucher pub.

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Krobielowice (German: Krieblowitz), Lower Silesia (owned by the Blücher family 1814-1945)

Raduň - Castle 01

Raduň Castle, Czech Republic (owned by the Blücher family 1832-1945)

Bundesarchiv Bild 102-02016, Berlin, Blücher-Palais, neue USA-Botschaft

Blücher mansion near Brandenburg Gate (U.S. Embassy, 1930-1941)

Blücher-Mausoleum

Blücher mausoleum, Krobielowice (2012)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ In German personal names, von is a preposition which approximately means of or from and usually denotes some sort of nobility. While von (always lower case) is part of the family name or territorial designation, not a first or middle name, if the noble is referred to by surname alone in English, use Schiller or Clausewitz or Goethe, not von Schiller, etc.
  2. ^ Regarding personal names: Fürst is a title, translated as 'Prince', not a first or middle name. The feminine form is Fürstin.
  3. ^ Age of fourteen according to Chisholm 1911, p. 80.
  4. ^ a life peerage meaning Prince of the Battlefield – after Wahlstatt monastery at Legnickie Pole, the site of the decisive Battle of Legnica (or Battle of Liegnitz; Legnickie Pole is the name created in 1948 for Wahlstatt or 'battlefield', a posthumous name more popular only from the 18th century: to avoid mix-up with the 1760 battle of Liegnitz on 9 April 1241 where the Mongols of the Golden Horde had defeated a Polish-German army but then retreated to the Mongol Empire, instead of invading the remainder of Europe all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

References

  1. ^ Leggiere 2014, p. xi.
  2. ^ Swedish Encyclopedia "Nordisk Familjebok", vol 4, article "Breslau", column 112, see [1]; Swedish "Andra öppna plater äro Blücherplatz med Blüchers staty,..."(found left of "Brescia" in column 111); means "Other open places are Blücherplatz with Blüchers' statue,..."
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Chisholm 1911, p. 80.
  4. ^ Polier 2016
  5. ^ Leggiere 2014, p. 6.
  6. ^ Leggiere 2014, p. 11.
  7. ^ Leggiere 2014, p. 108.
  8. ^ Leggiere 2014, pp. 108–109.
  9. ^ Leggiere 2014, p. 110.
  10. ^ Leggiere 2014, p. 111.
  11. ^ Montefiore 2016, p. 313.
  12. ^ Lieven 2010, pp. 537–538?.
  13. ^ Stanhope 1888, p. 119.
  14. ^ Cornwell 2015, Chapter 6, p. 93–94?.
  15. ^ Barbero 2006, p. .
  16. ^ Cornwell 2015, Chapter 6, p. 94?.
  17. ^ He was 72, based on his birth date.
  18. ^ Cornwell 2015, Chapter 9, p. 158?.
  19. ^ Cornwell 2015, Afterword p. 239?.
  20. ^ Compare:  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 90.: "He retained to the end of his life that wildness of character and proneness to excesses which had caused his dismissal from the army in his youth, but however they may be regarded, these faults sprang always from the ardent and vivid temperament which made Blücher a dashing leader of horse."
  21. ^ Vítejte 2012
  22. ^ Leggiere 2014, pp. 448449.

Sources

  • Barbero, A. (2006). The Battle: A New History of Waterloo. Translated by Cullen, John. Walker & Company.
  • Cornwell, Bernard (2015). Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles. Lulu Press. p. front cover. ISBN 978-1312925229. — The pages numbers are given as offsets in the electronic view, these will vary from the page numbers in a physical book
  • Leggiere, Michael V. (2014). Blucher: Scourge of Napoleon. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-4567-9.
  • Lieven, Dominic (2009). Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 978-0-14-194744-0.
  • Montefiore, Simon Sebag (2016). The Romanovs 1613–1918. Orion Publishing Group Ltd. p. 313. ISBN 978 0 297 85266 7.
  • Polier, Christoph Graf von (2016). "Gebhard Leberecht Blücher von Wahlstatt". Geneanet. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  • Stanhope, Phillips Henry (1888). Notes of conversaciones with the Duke of Wellington, 1831–1851. New York: Da Capo Press. p. 119.
  • "Blücher von Wahlstatt family tree". Vítejte. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

Attribution

Further reading

  • Blücher (1932). Memoirs of Prince Blücher. Translated by Chapman-Huston, Desmond. London: Murray. OCLC 2231133.
  • Crepon, Tom (1999). Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher: sein Leben, seine Kämpfe. Rostock: Hinsdorff. ISBN 3-356-00833-1.
  • Gneisenau, August Wilhelm Anton, Graf Neidhardt von (1815). The life and campaigns of Field-Marshal Prince Blücher of Wahlstatt. Translated by Marston, James Edward. London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones. OCLC 681606658.
  • Henderson, Ernest F. (1994). Blücher and the uprising of Prussia against Napoleon, 1806–1815. Aylesford: R.J. Leach. ISBN 1-873050-14-3.
  • Parkinson, Roger (1975). The Hussar general: the life of Blücher, man of Waterloo. London: P. Davies. ISBN 0-432-11600-1.

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An Infamous Army

An Infamous Army is a novel by Georgette Heyer. In this novel Heyer combines her penchant for meticulously researched historical novels with her more popular period romances. So in addition to being a Regency romance, it is one of the most historically accurate and vividly narrated descriptions of the Battle of Waterloo. An Infamous Army completes the sequence begun with These Old Shades, and is also a sequel to Regency Buck.

Battle of Limonest

The Battle of Limonest (20 March 1814) saw 53,000 Austrian and Hessian troops led by Prince Frederick of Hessen-Homburg attack 23,000 French troops under Marshal Pierre Augereau. After some stiff fighting, the Allies forced the outnumbered French defenders to withdraw from a line of hills north of Lyon in this War of the Sixth Coalition action. Lyon, in 1814 the second largest city in France, was abandoned to the Allies as a direct result of the defeat.

While Napoleon faced the main Allied armies of Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher to the east of Paris, a secondary campaign was conducted near Lyon to the south. In January 1814 the Austrians easily captured large swaths of territory, but failed to seize Lyon. By mid-February, a reinforced Augereau managed to recapture some towns, posing a threat. Anxious for his supply line back to Germany, Schwarzenberg sent Prince Hessen-Homburg large forces to protect his southern flank. With greatly superior forces, Hessen-Homburg pressed the French back in a series of battles and captured Lyon.

Battle of Mâcon (1814)

The Battle of Mâcon (11 March 1814) saw a French division under Louis François Félix Musnier attack an Austrian corps led by Frederick Bianchi, Duke of Casalanza. The French enjoyed initial success but their numerical inferiority led to their defeat in this War of the Sixth Coalition clash. The Austrian army commander Prince Frederick of Hesse-Homburg soon pressed south toward Lyon. Mâcon is located 72 kilometres (45 mi) north of Lyon.

As Napoleon dueled with the main Allied armies of Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher to the east of Paris, a subsidiary campaign was fought near Lyon to the southeast. In January 1814 the Austrians overran much territory, but in mid-February the reinforced French forces under Marshal Pierre Augereau mounted a counteroffensive. Alarmed at the threat to his supply lines, Schwarzenberg sent heavy reinforcements to Prince Hesse-Homburg. Augereau ordered Musnier to attack Mâcon and found his enemies were much stronger than he had thought.

Blucher shoe

A blucher ( or , German pronunciation: [ˈblʏçɐ], Blücher) is a style of shoe with open lacing, its vamp made of a single piece of leather ("one cut"), with shoelace eyelets tabs sewn on top.The blucher is similar to a derby: both feature open lacing, in contrast to the Oxford shoe, which uses close lacing, but in the derby the upper has large quarters with eyelets sewn on top, while in the blucher the upper is made of one cut, with only the small eyelet tabs sewn on top. In American English these terms are sometimes confused, with "blucher" also being used to refer to derby shoes, and "Oxford" also being used to refer to bluchers.

The blucher is named after the 18th century Prussian field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. General von Blücher commissioned a boot with side pieces lapped over the front in an effort to provide his troops with improved footwear. This design was adopted by armies across Europe.

Blücher

Blücher may refer to:

Blücher (surname)

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prussian field marshalShips named Blücher (after Gebhard von Blücher):

List of ships named BlucherOther things named Blücher include

Derby shoe, called a blucher in American English, whose laces tie over the tongue on two flaps

Blucher shoe, a shoe with open lacing, similar to the derby, but with vamp in one piece

Blücher Order, an East German decoration named after Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher

Blücher (locomotive), an early railway locomotive built by George Stephenson

"Blücher", a song by power metal band Kamelot from their 2007 album Ghost Opera

Wolf pack Blücher, a German wolf pack of World War II

Frau Blücher, a character in the 1974 film Young Frankenstein

Blücher, a hand in the British card game Napoleon

Blucher, Newcastle, a small district of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Blücher (film), a 1988 Norwegian film

Blücher, a boarding house at Wellington College, Berkshire, England

Blücher Order

The Blücher Order (German: Blücher-Orden) was an order of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It was named after the Prussian Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, who was seen as a hero in the GDR for his part in defeating the invading army of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Krobielowice

Krobielowice [krɔbjɛlɔˈvit͡sɛ] (German: Krieblowitz) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Kąty Wrocławskie, within Wrocław County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. Prior to 1945 it was part of Germany. It lies approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) south-east of Kąty Wrocławskie and 21 km (13 mi) south-west of the regional capital Wrocław.

The town was founded in 1321. As Krieblowitz in the Prussian Province of Silesia, it was one of the residences of renowned Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, co-victor with Wellington over Napoleon at Waterloo, who died here in 1819. It was incorporated into the new German Empire in 1871. From 1937–45 under the Nazis Krieblowitz was renamed Blüchersruh ("Blücher's resting place"), partly to honour the Field Marshal, and partly because the authorities thought the original name sounded "too Slavic".

Blücher's mausoleum was desecrated by rampaging Soviet troops towards the end of World War II in 1945. The area was transferred to Poland later that same year. His tomb remains an empty, crumbling shell as of 2016. The Field Marshal's actual remains are buried in nearby Sośnica (Schosnitz), having been taken there by a Polish priest after the fall of communism in Poland.

Marshal Forwards (film)

Marshal Forwards (German:Marschall Vorwärts) is a 1932 German historical war film directed by Heinz Paul and starring Paul Wegener, Traute Carlsen and Hans Graf von Schwerin.It portrays the life of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, a German hero of the Napoleonic Wars who was present at the Battle of Leipzig and the Battle of Waterloo. It takes its name from Blücher's contemporary nickname, which came from his aggressive forward-thinking stance. It is part of the Prussian film genre, popular during the Weimair and Nazi eras.

Napoleon's Last Battles

Napoleon's Last Battles is a board wargame first published by Simulations Publications in 1976.

Napoleon at Saint Helena

Napoleon at Saint Helena (German: Napoleon auf Sankt Helena) is a 1929 German silent historical film directed by Lupu Pick and starring Werner Krauss, Hanna Ralph and Albert Bassermann. The film depicts the final years of Napoleon between 1815 and 1821 during his period of exile on the British Atlantic island of Saint Helena following his defeat at Waterloo.

Queen Louise (1927 film)

Queen Louise (German: Königin Luise) is a German silent historical film directed by Karl Grune and starring Mady Christians, Mathias Wieman and Anita Dorris. It was released in two separate parts slightly less than a month from each other in December 1927 and January 1928. It commenced a series of historical epics directed by Grune. Art direction was by Hans Jacoby.

The film portrays the short life of Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of the Prussian monarch William III.

Rancho Blucher

Rancho Blucher was a 26,759-acre (108.29 km2) Mexican land grant in present day Marin and Sonoma County, California given in 1844 by Governor Manuel Micheltorena to Jean Jacques Vioget. The rancho is named for the Prussian field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. The grant extended along the coast from Estero Americano on the north and to Estero de San Antonio on the south.

Sharpe's Waterloo

Sharpe's Waterloo is a historical novel in the Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. Originally published in 1990 under the title Waterloo, it is the eleventh and final novel of the "original" Sharpe series (beginning with Sharpe's Eagle), and the twentieth novel in chronological order.

Sośnica, Lower Silesian Voivodeship

Sośnica [sɔɕˈnit͡sa] (German: Schosnitz) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Kąty Wrocławskie, within Wrocław County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. Prior to 1945 it was in Germany. It lies approximately 2 kilometres (1 mi) east of Kąty Wrocławskie and 21 km (13 mi) south-west of the regional capital Wrocław.

Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher is buried here. His remains were moved after the Cold War by a local priest from the original tomb in nearby Krobielowice (Krieblowitz), which was desecrated by Russian soldiers in 1945.

The Battle of Waterloo (film)

The Battle of Waterloo is a 1913 feature film created by British and Colonial Films to dramatize the eponymous battle ahead of its centenary. Hailed as the "first British epic film", The Battle of Waterloo was much longer and more costly than contemporary films but went on to great commercial and critical success. Though the film was shown in theaters around the world, all copies were thought lost until 2002, when about 22 minutes of the hour-and-a-half production were rediscovered at the British Film Institute archives. Since then, two reels and a fragment have been compiled, representing about half the completed film.

The Iron Duke (film)

The Iron Duke is a 1934 British historical film directed by Victor Saville and starring George Arliss, Ellaline Terriss and Gladys Cooper. Arliss plays Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington in the events leading up to the Battle of Waterloo and beyond.

Thomas Lee (academic)

Rev. Thomas Lee D.D. was a 19th-century academic administrator at the University of Oxford and clergyman.

Lee was awarded a Doctor of Divinity at Oxford.

He was President of Trinity College, Oxford from 1808 to 1824.

While President at Trinity College, Lee was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1814 until 1818.The Allied sovereigns' visit to England occurred during June 1814 when Lee was Vice-Chancellor. Emperor Alexander I of Russia, King Frederick William III of Prussia, and Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher received honorary degrees during the visit to Oxford.

Lee was also Rector at Barton in Warwickshire.

Waterloo (1929 film)

Waterloo is a 1929 German silent war film directed by Karl Grune and starring Charles Willy Kayser, Charles Vanel and Otto Gebühr. It depicts the Allied forces victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

It was made at the Munich studios of Bavaria Film. The film's sets were designed by the art director Ludwig Reiber.

World Game (novel)

World Game is a BBC Books original novel written by Terrance Dicks and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and the Lady Serena and is set during "Season 6B". It is also a partial sequel to another Dicks' Past Doctor Adventure, Players and documents the return of the Countess.

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