BRUNSWICK WATERLOO 1815 'WILH. V. RITTERHOLM. CAPT. 3 LIN BAT'
This Officer had a quite amazing service. Initially serving as a rifleman in the Prussian Army, He was wounded at the terrible battle of Lübeck in 1806, avoiding capture he took part in the epic defence of the fortress at Kolberg in 1807 in which 50% of defenders would become casualties. In 1809 he joined the rebel Brunswick Corps or 'Black Horde' of 2010 men, who initially Allied with the Austrians, fought their way though Westphalia to the German Coast and down to 1400 men, embarked on British Warships to the Isle of Wight. Promoted Ensign and then Lieutenant of the Brunswick Oels Jager Regiment, he fought in the Peninsular War from September 1810, taking part in various battles until July 1813 when he was captured at the action of Eschlar. On his release from captivity in April 1814, he joined the Light Battalion under Von Prostler as a Captain and in April 1815 transferred to the 3rd Line Battalion, a unit he served with at Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Continuing serving in the Brunswick Army, he finally retired after 24 years service in 1824.Research potential is quite amazing due to his service in so many Armies and actions.
Condition GVF replacement steel clip and ring suspension Ex DNW 2009.