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- DescriptionThe journal of Prussian Major General Ben von Studnitz was originally published in 1891 in a very limited German language edition. Now, translated and edited by his great-grandson, the General's journal appears for the first time in English. Spanning the years from 1849, when as a young cadet he was involved in fighting 'the rebellious mob' (as he put it) in Breslau, Silesia, the journal also vividly recounts his experiences and actions as an officer in the German-Danish War of 1864, as well as the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, where he was involved in the battles at Dornbach, Kissingen, Aschaffenburg, Tauberbischofsheim, and Gerchsheim. He then fought through the entire Franco-German War, where he participated in the battles at Vionville, Metz and Ladon, Seris, Bellevue, Vendome, Monnaie, Montoire, St. Amande, Le Mans, Coulie, Beaune de la Rolande, Couteulle, and Jouanville. After a long and successful career of thirty-seven years in the Prussian Cavalry, Studnitz retired as a Brigade commander and wrote his memoirs, calling upon the journals he had written during the actual events. Studnitz met and interacted with many of the interesting personalities of the late 19th Century in Germany, such as the future Emperor Frederick III, which encounters are described in an open, honest and witty style. While concentrating on his wartime experiences, his journal also follows Studnitz in the peacetime Cavalry, giving the reader a little-kwn (to English readers) insight into the daily life of a high-ranking Prussian officer. Not just some ponderous dry tome recounting facts and figures, Studnitz brings to life a vital period of European military history, recounted by an officer who as a participant was intimately involved and actually there.
- Author BiographyThe author: Benno von Studnitz (1830-1916), a member of one of the oldest German noble families originating in Moravia in the 14th Century, was the only child of a Major and battalion commander in the Royal Prussian 1st Guards Regiment of Foot. His father died when Studnitz was only four, and his mother remarried to Count von Zedlitz und Trutzschler, in whose household he grew up with step-siblings, one of whom was Count Robert, the later Prussian Minister of Culture. After graduation from the Knight Academy in Liegnitz, Studnitz entered the 1st Cuirassiers Regiment in Breslau in 1848. Following promotion to 2nd Lieutenant in 1850, he transferred to the 4th Cuirassiers Regiment in Munster. As a Captain he participated with his regiment in the 1864 campaign against Denmark, as well as in the 1866 campaign against Austria. In late 1866 he was appointed squadron commander in the newly created Dragoons Regiment number 9 in Lingen, where he became a Major in 1869. In July 1871 he transferred to the 3rd Baden Dragoons Regiment in Karlsruhe, and in 1875 as Lieutenant Colonel became commander of the 6th Dragoons Regiment. In 1878 he was promoted to Colonel and in 1883 became commander of the 13th Cavalry Brigade in Munster, being promoted to Major General in 1884. The following year he left active service, after disagreements with his divisional commander and retired to Breslau; something he could afford as due to inheritances and wise care of funds he had become extremely wealthy. During his service he received among other medals the Iron Cross, the Order of the Crown, and the Order of the Red Eagle, as well as being a Knight of Honor of the Order of St. John. The editor: Gilbert von Studnitz, the translator of his great-grandfather's journals, is the official genealogist of the von Studnitz Family Association which is based in Germany, and he has recently retired as a regional manager with the State of California civil service. He is also currently a City Commissioner for Historic Preservation Review in Benicia, California, where he resides with his wife and daughter.
- Author(s)Gilbert von Studnitz
- PublisherHelion & Company
- Date of Publication08/10/2015
- SubjectAutobiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationSolihull
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHelion & Company
- Weight181 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine8 mm
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