Schwerin, Kurt Christoph, Graf von

Schwerin, Kurt Christoph, Graf von

(ko͝ort krĭs`tôf gräf fən shvārēn`), 1684–1757, Prussian field marshal. He was one of the most brilliant lieutenants of King Frederick II of Prussia in the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War. In Swedish service before entering (1720) the Prussian army, he served with King Charles XIICharles XII,
1682–1718, king of Sweden (1697–1718), son and successor of Charles XI. The regency under which he succeeded was abolished in 1697 at the request of the Riksdag. At the coronation he omitted the usual oath and crowned himself.
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. His most famous victory was the defeat (1741) of the Austrians at Mollwitz in the War of the Austrian Succession, after Frederick II had fled the field. He was killed in the battle of Prague.
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