Hans Joachim von Zieten

Hans Joachim Von Zieten

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Hans Joachim von ZietenThe Nuttall Encyclopædia called him (May 14, 1699 РJanuary 26, 1786), also known as Zieten aus dem Busch, was a cavalry general in the Prussian Army. He served in numerous wars and battles during the reign of Frederick the Great.


Zieten was a man of very small stature and had a very light voice, and these factors would lead him to have a quick temper as other men were quick to insult him. He liked to drink and was extremely defensive about his shortcomings, purportedly engaging in 74 separate duels, although it is unlikely that he actually killed all 74 of his opponents.


Zieten was born in Wustrau (now part of Fehrbellin) in the Margraviate of Brandenburg. He began his military career as a volunteer in an infantry regiment, retired after ten years' service, but soon afterwards became a lieutenant of dragoons. Being involved in some trade transactions of his squadron-commander, he was cashiered, but managed to obtain reinstatement, and was posted to a hussar corps, then a new arm. At that time light cavalry work was well known only to the Austrians, and in 1735 Rittmeister (Captain) von Zieten participated in the Rhine campaign under the Austrian general Baranyai (Baronay).


In 1741, recently promoted lieutenant-colonel, Zieten met his old teacher in battle during the First Silesian War and defeated him at the Battle of Rothschloss. The chivalrous Austrian sent him a...
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