Heinrich Ernst Graf von Wrangel
(13.04.1784 - 01.11.1877)
place of birth: Stettin, Pommern (Szczecin, Poland)
Prussian count and field marshal who began his career as a cavalry commander
fighting in revolutionary France. "Papa Wrangel" commanded II. Army
Corps of the German Confederation during the First Schleswig
War of 1848. Later that same year, he was called to Berlin
in order to put down the 1848 Revolutions, a feat he accomplished
without any blood being shed.
General von Wrangel then devoted his service time
to revitalizing the Prussian cavalry forces. He was promoted to field
marshal in 1856 and was appointed commander-in-chief of Austrian/
Prussian forces during the Second Schleswig War of
1864. The old field marshal later served as a military advisor during
both the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870/71. He died in Berlin in November of 1877.