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Johann Sigismund Riesch

German general

Died when: 71 years 92 days (855 months)
Star Sign: Leo


Johann Sigismund Riesch

Johann Sigismund Graf von Riesch (2 August 1750 – 2 November 1821) joined the army of Habsburg Austria as a cavalry officer and, during his career, fought against the Kingdom of Prussia, Ottoman Turkey, Revolutionary France, and Napoleon's French Empire.

He became a general officer during the French Revolutionary Wars and held important commands during the War of the Second Coalition.

He displayed a talent for leading cavalry formations, but proved less capable when given corps-sized commands.During the 1805 Ulm Campaign in the Napoleonic Wars, the French badly defeated his corps and forced it to surrender soon afterward.

From 1806 to his death in 1821, he was the Proprietor (Inhaber) of an Austrian cavalry regiment.

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