Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1828–1885)

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Prince Friedrich Karl Nikolaus of Prussia (20 March 1828 – 15 June 1885) was the son of Prince Charles of Prussia (1801–1883) and his wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1808–1877). Prince Friedrich Karl was a grandson of King Frederick William III of Prussia and a nephew of Frederick William IV and William I.

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Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia
Born20 March 1828
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Died15 June 1885(1885-06-15) (aged 57)
Jagdschloss Glienicke, Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
(m. 1854)
IssuePrincess Marie
Elisabeth, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg
Princess Anna Victoria
Princess Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn
Prince Friedrich Leopold
Friedrich Karl Nikolaus
FatherPrince Charles of Prussia
MotherPrincess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Military career
AllegianceFlag_of_Prussia_%281892-1918%29.svg Kingdom of Prussia
Flag_of_Germany_%281867%E2%80%931918%29.svg German Empire
Service/branchWar_Ensign_of_Prussia_%281816%29.svg Prussian Army
War_Ensign_of_Germany_%281903%E2%80%931919%29.svg Imperial German Army
Commands heldIII Corps
First Army
Second Army
Battles/warsFirst Schleswig War
Second Schleswig War
Austro-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
AwardsPour le Mérite (Grand Cross)
Iron Cross (Grand Cross)
Order of the Black Eagle

As a military commander, the Prince had a major influence on the Royal Prussian Army's advances in training and tactics in the 1850s and 1860s. He commanded one of the armies which defeated the Austrian army at the Battle of Königgrätz in 1866 and the French Army of the Rhine at the Battle of Mars-la-Tour, overseeing the defeat of the Army of the Rhine at the Siege of Metz in 1870.

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