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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

LATE 18TH-CENTURY GENERAL WHO FOUGHT THE TURKS AND IN THE CAUCASUS

"Graf Ivan Vasil'evich, general-field marshal, born in Little Russia in 1741. Educated in Königsburg and Leipzig universities. In 1759 he entered service as an ensign [praporshchik] in the corps of engineers and then became an adjutant to the powerful Graf P.I. Shuvalov. In 1761 he was assigned as adjutant to the Prince of Holstein with the rank of lieutenant colonel. As brother of Peter III's favorite [Andrei Vasil'evich Gudovich – M.C.], Gudovich was arrested upon the ascension to the throne of Catherine II and imprisoned for three weeks. In 1763 he was named commander of the Astrakhan Infantry Regiment and with it the next year was in the campaign in Poland. In the First Turkish War Gudovich distinguished himself on 11 July 1769 at Khotin. In the same year he won a victory at Rachevskii Woods, for which he was promoted to brigadier. On 7 July 1770, at the Battle of Larga, he captured the Turkish batteries and was then decorated with the order of St. George 3rd class. He took part in the Battle of Kagul and the siege of Brailov. After being assigned commander of an independent column, Gudovich undertook a raid into Walachia and occupied Bucharest after defeating Seraskier-Pasha on 11 November. Promoted to major general, he took part in a raid towards Giurgiu, and at the storming of this fortress (21 February 1771) he commanded the center column. On 7 August 1771 Gudovich was at the second storming of Girugiu, during which he was wounded in the leg. This did not prevent him from again beating the Turks, at Podaluny. After this victory he left the army so that his leg might heal (1772-73). He then commanded a division in Little Russia and was promoted to lieutenant general (1777)…."
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