Radetzky, Joseph, Graf Radetzky de Radetz
or Radetzki, Joseph, Graf Radetzky de Radetz yō´zĕf rädĕt´skē gräf rädĕt´skē də rä´dĕts [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.
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