Saturday, 4 April 2015

Major-General Burkhard Wilhelm von Fürstenberg

Here is the first of the Brigade commanders - a Front Rank figure. He is pictured
leading his brigade of three battalions IR1, IR2 and his own regiment, IR3.

This is what I have said about him previously: "This is the first time we come across a general for my Hessian Generalkommando and, strangely enough, he was not even Hessian. Major-General Burkhard Wilhelm von Fuerstenberg was given this regiment in 1753 and he had been in Palatinate service previously (his probable nationality). In 1751 he was offered sevice in the Hessian army and promotion. His stay though did not last long and in 1758 he re-entered Palatinate service. I imagine that he knew he was going to be put in a somewhat embarrassing position as the Palatine Army was in service with the French and therefore on the other side. On his return home he was given a regiment and you can find details on the Kronoskaf website. He died in 1766."