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Von Wangenheim entered the Hannoverian Army in 1757. Over the next twenty years he was gradual promoted and became a major in 1777. Between 1782–1787 von Wangenheim served in India with the East India Company but retained his commission in the Royal Hanoverian army. He commanded Hanoverian brigade at the battle of Cuddalore (13 June 1783).[lower-alpha 2] Also during that time he led a contingent 1,400 Hanoverians, along with a company of European and sepoy soldiers to suppress a mutiny of a British Army regiment. In 1797 he was promoted to Major-General.
In India in 1783 von Wangenheim treated a wounded French sergeant who was his prisoner with kindness. Two decades later (in 1803), when France conquered Hanover, Bernadotte, the French commanding general reintroduced himself to von Wangenheim and thanked him for his kindness 20 years earlier (such are the fortunes of war).
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