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Sir Charles Alten, Count von Alten (1764-1840), Hanoverian general

Sitter in 3 portraits
Karl Freiherr von Alten was a Hanoverian professional soldier who joined the British service after the French conquest of Hanover in 1803. He served as a divisional commander during the Peninsular War and at Waterloo, where he was wounded. Many Hanoverians fought with Wellington, notably in the formidable King's German Legion. Von Alten became a Field Marshal in the reconstituted Hanoverian army.