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Eduard Ladislas Kaunitz, baron von Holmberg


Eduard Ladislas Kaunitz, baron von Holmberg was an Austrian military officer, who joined the Argentine revolutionary forces after serving alongside Jose de San Martin and Carlos Maria de Alvear during the Argentine War of Independence.

Son of Eduard Kaunitz and Amalia O'Donell, Holmberg studied in military academy in Prussia between 1794 and 1795. He served during the Napoleonic Wars with the Duchy of Berg and later on fought in Spain where he met and established a relationship with the future Argentine army officers Jose de San Martin, Jose Zapiola and Carlos Maria de Alvear. Around 1812 he traveled to Buenos Aires on the British frigate George Canning, which was transporting the Aregine fighters from Europe, attracted by the possibility of fighting in the South American wars of independence. He arrived on 9 March and was noted in the daily Gazeta de Buenos Ayres a few days later:

Kaunitz married Antonia Balbastro, a cousin of Alvear; his son Eduardo Wenceslao also served as an officer under Juan Lavalle.

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