Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815: Larisch, Johann Karl Leopold von

By: Digby Smith

Larisch, Johann Karl Leopold von

Born on 23 January 1734 in Dzielna, Kreis Lubinitz, west of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. He ntered Prussian military service on 25 January 1748 as a cadet in Berlin. On 12 June 1752 he was promoted to Gfkpl in the IR von Bonin Nr 5. On 5 November 1756 he was promoted to Frch. From 1756 – 1763, he fought in the Seven Years War, at Lobositz, Rossbach, Liegnitz, Torgau, the raid on Hochkirch, at the sieges of Breslau, Dresden, Schweidnitz and Olmütz. On 1 March 1758, he was promoted to Sklt and on 2 September 1765 to Prlt. On 4 June 1768, he was promoted to Stkpt in the IR von Saldern Nr 5. On 13 Apr 1772, he was promoted to Kpt and Kiech. From 1778 - 1779 Larisch served in the war with Austria, fighting in the clash at Brüx. On 28 August 1780, he was promoted to Maj and appointed to command of the Gren Bn von Leutzke (Regiments 5 and 20). On 1 January 1787, he was appointed commander of  Fuesilier Bataillon Nr 10 and on 5 June 1788, he was promoted to Obstlt. On 16 November 1788 he was appointed to command IR von Knobelsdorf Nr 27. On 27 May 1789, he was awarded the PLM. On 3 May 1790 he was promoted to Obst and given command of IR Herzog von Braunschweig Nr 21. From 1792 - 1794 he served in the war with France; he was present at Valmy, Pirmasens and Kaiserslautern. On 29 December 1794, he was appointed Chef of IR von Wildau Nr 14. On 5 January 1795, he was promoted to GM and on 4 June of that year, he was appointed Chef of IR von Schwerin Nr 26. On 22 May 1801, he was promoted to GL. On 6 August 1803, he was awarded the RAO. In the war of 1806, he was captured in the capitulation of Erfurt on 16 October. On 20 August 1807 he returned to Prussia and was placed on half pay, without a post. Larisch died in Charlottenburg on 16 May 1811. He was well regarded by Friedrich Wilhelm III.


Placed on the Napoleon Series: April 2011


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