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Joseph Radetzky, Graf Radetzky de Radetz

Radetzky or Radetzki, Joseph, Graf Radetzky de Radetz (yōˈzĕf rädĕtˈskē gräf rädĕtˈskē də räˈdĕts) [key], 1766–1858, Austrian field marshal. In the war of 1848–49 against Sardinia (see Risorgimento) he won the brilliant victories of Custozza (1848) and Novara (1849). He was governor of Upper Italy (1849–57). Johann Strauss (the elder) composed the famous Radetzky March in his honor.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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