Gustav Hermann von
(17.01.1827 - 01.02.1905)
place of birth: Rathenow,
General der Cavallerie
Gustav Hermann von Alvensleben was a Prussian General of
Cavalry and Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle. He was born the
second son of General of Cavalry Gebhard von Alvensleben and Eugenia
von Oppeln. He enrolled in the Kadettenanstalt at Potsdam at the age of
11, became well-known as an expert horseman, and saw his military
career take off quickly. He was married to Gabrielle von Berlichingen,
and the couple had two children.
General von Alvensleben took part in both the the Danish War of 1864 and
the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. He
was later honored with the Pour le Merite medal for
demonstrating exceptional bravery during the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-71. Following these campaigns, von Alvensleben
continued to rise in rank and prominence within the Prussian military.
He was promoted to Generalmajor in 1874, and in 1880 was transferred to
command a division at the rank of Generalleutnant. In 1886, von
Alvensleben was promoted to General der Kavallerie and headed up the
Thirteenth Army Corps in Stuttgart, his final command before retiring
from active duty. General von Alvensleben died in February of 1905 at
Schloss Möckmühl in Württemberg.