Schels, Johann Baptist

b. 9 November 1780, Brünn (Brno), Moravia

d. 8 October 1847

On the death of his father in 1800 he entered IR 28 as an ensign. On 1 July 1804 he was a lieutenant, and in August 1805 an oberlieutenant on the general staff. In October 1805 he was caught up in the disaster of Ulm. He was then with the army in Hungary. In February 1809 he was a captain in the pioneer corps. Wounded three times in May during fighting near Warsaw. To IR Bellegarde, but served on the general staff again until 1813. He became the major contributor to the Oesterrechische Militärische Zeitschrift, one of the most important of all journals of military history. He wrote numerous articles in the 1820s dealing with Napoleon's 1796 campaign in Italy. He no doubt knew many of the Austrian officers who had participated in this campaign personally. See Wurzbach, C., von. Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich, 1856-91, vol ?.

Amur leopards

A personal interest, and nothing to do with history.

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They are perhaps the most endangered animals in the world -- there are only about 30 left in the wild. They desperately need help from humankind. See www.amur-leopard.org.

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