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Alfred von Alten

Alfred von Alten (1786—) was a German general who commanded the army of Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha during the War of Saxon Aggression against Krakow. A former catrographer who went on several mapping expeditions in Africa and East Asia, he returned to his hometown of Gotha and eventually became a military commander. As an officer he was noted to be very meticulous. In 1840 he oversaw the successful campaign to occupy the independent city of Krakow and its annexation into the German duchy. Afterwards he was transferred from command of the 1st Line Infantry Brigade and given the position of military governor of Krakow.

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