Hadik András lovasszobra a Várban
General András Hadik`s equestrian statue in the Castle District
Hadik was born in a lesser noble family in Western Hungary. At the age of 20 (around 1730) he joined a hussar regiment of the imperial Austrian army as a standard bearer. He fought in the war of the polish succession, in the Austro-Turkish wars, in the War of the Austrian succession and in the seven years war. By 1747 he rose to rank of General and was appointed commander of a cavalry brigade. He was the master of the "small war". His most famous act was the capturing of Frederick, The Great`s capital, Berlin. Hadik maneuvered his 5000 strong force (mostly hussars) through the prussian lines and took the city. For this act he was appointed Marshal.