Duke William of Württemberg
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Duke William of Württemberg (German: Herzog Wilhelm Nikolaus von Württemberg; 20 July 1828 – 5 November 1896) was an Austrian and Württemberg General.
William of Württemberg
Wilhelm von Württemberg
|2nd Governor of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
18 November 1878 – 6 April 1881
|Appointed by||Franz Joseph I of Austria|
|Preceded by||Josip Filipović|
|Succeeded by||Hermann, Freiherr Dahlen von Orlaburg|
|Born||20 July 1828|
Carlsruhe, Kingdom of Prussia
|Died||5 November 1896 (aged 68)|
Merano, Tyrol, Austria-Hungary
|Awards||Great Cross of the Order of the CrownKnights Cross of the Order of LeopoldOrder of the Iron CrownPour le Mérite|
|Allegiance||Austrian Empire(until 1867) Austria-Hungary(1867-1891)|
|Years of service||1848-1891|
|Rank||Lieutenant Colonel General|
|Unit||1st Infantry RegimentNorthern Army|
|Commands||27th Infantry Regiment11th Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||First Italian War of IndependenceSecond Italian War of Independence Franco-Prussian WarRusso-Turkish war|
Early life and familyEdit
Duke William was born at Carlsruhe, Kingdom of Prussia (now Pokój, Poland) was the first child of Duke Eugen of Württemberg (1788–1857), (son of Duke Eugen of Württemberg, and Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern) by his second marriage to Princess Helene of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1807–1880), (daughter of Charles Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Countess Amalie of Solms-Baruth). William had three half-siblings by his father's previous marriage with Princess Mathilde of Waldeck and Pyrmont. He was the first member of the House of Württemberg to attend a public high school in Breslau.
After studying in Geneva, Bonn, he joined in 1848 as a lieutenant in the Austrian Army (Infantry Regiment Kaiser Franz Joseph No. 1 in Vienna). During the First Italian War of Independence (1848–1849) he was wounded several times. In recognition of his bravery, Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz promoted him as captain in the infantry regiment No. 45.
In 1853 he became major, between 1857 and 1859 colonel lieutenant, and colonel and commander of the infantry regiment No. 27 King of the Belgians. He fought also at the Second Italian War of Independence (1859). At the Battle of Magenta, he impressed both his superiors, Major General Wilhelm Ramming and Field Marshal Lieutenant Eduard Clam-Gallas and his opponents. The French generals Gustave Lannes de Montebello and Pierre Louis Charles de Failly mentioned this a few weeks later in a meeting against the Field Marshal Lieutenant Prince of Hesse.
After the campaign, he arrived with his brigade to Trieste, in 1869 commander 11th Infantry Division troops in Prague, on 24 October 1869 he was promoted to lieutenant field marshal. At the Franco-Prussian War William fought on the German side against France, and in 1878 at the Russian-Turkish war.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit
In 1878, during the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, he fought (again on the Austrian side) at Rogelj and Jaice. Due to the excellent performances, Emperor Franz Joseph I appointed him Feldzeugmeister and commanding general of the 18th Army Corps. His task was to submit to the west and bring peace to Bosnia. In 1878 he was commissioned to organize Bosnia and Herzegovina militarily and politically. He served as Governor of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1878 to 1881.
He developed the military and economic interests to be taken into account plan, a large number of communication routes. The school system, especially the militarily organized Knabenpensionat in Sarajevo, developed in the short time, as well as all other branches of administration and justice.
In 1883 William was the commanding general of the XI. Corps in Lemberg. In 1889 he became commander of the 3rd Armeekorps in Graz. In 1891 he retired from the military because of the death of King Charles I of Württemberg and his successor William II had no son, William became the heir presumptive to the throne of Württemberg.
William was Württemberg General of the Infantry à la suite of the Grenadier Regiment "King Karl" (5 Wurttemberg) No. 123 and the Royal Colonel of the Prussian Infantry Regiment of Herwarth Bittenfeld (1st Westphalian) No. 13.
As a member of the House of Württemberg, he was a member of the Estates of Württemberg.
- Brunswick: Grand Cross of Henry the Lion, 1860
- Kingdom of Prussia:
- Ernestine duchies: Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order, 1860
- Kingdom of Bavaria: Knight of St. Hubert
- Belgium: Commander of the Order of Leopold (military), 14 December 1859; Grand Cordon
- Cross of Honour of the House Order of Lippe, 1st Class with Swords
- Military Merit Medal
- Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Military Merit Cross, 1st Class
- Principality of Montenegro: Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I
- Ottoman Empire: Order of Osmanieh, 1st Class
- Russian Empire: Knight of St. Alexander Nevsky
- Two Sicilian Royal Family: Grand Cross of the Order of Francis I
- Austrian Empire:
- Knight of the Imperial Order of Leopold, 1849; Commander, 1864; Grand Cross with War Decoration, 1881
- Knight of the Iron Crown, 2nd Class, 1859; 1st Class with War Decoration, 1878
- Knight of the Military Order of Maria Theresa, 1859-1860
- Grand Cross of St. Stephen, 1891
- Military Merit Cross
- Long Service Cross for Officers, 2nd Class (50 years)
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Duke William of WürttembergBorn: 20 July 1828 Died: 5 November 1896
| Governor of Bosnia and Herzegovina
18 November 1878 – 5 April 1881