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Kasimir Wedig von Bonin
Eighteenth century cavalry in battle
Born 1 May 1691
Died 12 September 1752
Place of birth Karzin,Pomerania
Place of death Landsberg an der Warthe
Allegiance  Kingdom of Prussia
Service/branch Prussian cavalry
Years of service ~1730–1752
Rank Lieutenant general
Battles/wars War of the Austrian Succession
Awards Black Eagle Order
Name inscribed on Frederick the Great's Equestrian Statue

Kasimir Wedig von Bonin (1 May 1691 in Karzin–12 September 1752 in Landsberg an der Warthe) also called Casimir Wedigo von Bonin) was a Prussian lieutenant general during the reigns of Frederick William I and his son, Frederick the Great.[1]

Military career[]

Bonin began his military career as a page for the Markgraf Albrecht Wolfgang von Brandenburg-Beyreuth (1689–1734). He served in the Markgraf's cavalry regiment, and eventually became its Rittmeister (captain of cavalry). On 4 January 1738 he was named commander and colonel of his own Curassier regiment. In 1740, he participated in the Silesian, Bohemian and Saxon campaigns of the War of Austrian Succession. In 1743, he received a dragoon regiment and was promoted to major general. During the Second Silesian War, in 1745, he participated at the battles of Hohenfriedberg and Kesseldorf. On 24 May 1747, he was promoted to lieutenant general of the cavalry.[2]

In December 1748, he received the Black Eagle Order for his military service.[2] He died in 12 September 1752 in Landsberg an der Warthe.[2] In 1851, his name was included on the Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great.[3]

Family[]

Bonin was one of the old Pomeranian noble families. He had two brothers, Ulrich Bogislaus von Bonin and Anselm Christoph von Bonin.[2]

Citations[]

  1. Gottfried von Bülow Bonin Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, herausgegeben von der Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Band 3 (1876), S. 127–128, Digitale Volltext-Ausgabe in Wikisource, (Version vom 16. Februar 2017, 23:24 Uhr UTC)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Anton Balthasar König, Biographisches Lexikon aller Helden und Militärpersonen, die sich in preußischen Diensten berühmt gemacht haben. Band 1, Berlin 1788, S. 164–165.
  3. Denkmal König Friedrich II von Preußen,Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin, revised 10 April 2014 (German)

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