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Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht Von Blucher born.

Sunday, 16 December 1742

On the 16th of December 1742 in Mecklenburg the future Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht Von Blucher was born. His family had been landowners in the area for centuries. At 14 the young Blucher joined the Swedish army as a hussar. After being captured by Prussian hussars he agreed to join them and enter Prussian service, he would remain there until he died with the rank of Field Marshal.