Klapka, György

SOLDIER (HUNGARY)
BORN 7 Apr 1820, Temesvár - DIED 17 May 1892, Budapest
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Kerepesi cemetery (29-14 )

György Klapka joined the Austrian army in 1838. In 1848 he sided with the Hungarian rebels and in 1849 he became Commander in Chief of the Hungarian army. He won several battles and for a while he served as Minister of War. He broke out from the fortress Komarom, but after the defeat of Görgei he was forced to return to Komarom. He held the fortress for two months until he was forced to surrender it to the Austrians.

He went into exile and fought the Austirans from Italy and Silesia. In 1867 he was given amnesty and he entered the Chamber of Deputies. In 1877 he tried to reorganise the Turkish army. He died in 1892 in Budapest and in 1896 a memorial for him was placed in Komarom.

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Images

The grave of György Klapka at the Kerepesi Cemetery, Budapest.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2002)

 


Kleist, Heinrich von

Published: 28 Feb 2010
Last update: 28 Feb 2010