The Iron Marshal: A Biography of Louis N. Davout
"The son of a distinguished Burgundian family, Louis N. d'Avout began his military career as a Volunteer in the Republican Army. However, expulsion and imprisonment, plus his mother's narrow escape from the guillotine, caused Davout to turn his back on Republicanism." "Heavily influenced by the military tactics of ancient civilizations, Davout's talent for war was manifest during his service in the Egyptian campaign. He quickly rose to the rank of general of brigade, and was favoured by General Bonaparte for his unerring loyalty. Five years later, following Bonaparte's rise to power in France, Davout became a Marshal of Napoleon's Empire." "Davout's values never failed him during his life as a military leader. As much as he had hated the corruption he witnessed during the Jacobin terror, he was incorruptible himself. His rules on discipline were rarely tainted by prejudice: officers and men alike were punished for negligence and dishonesty. His corps endured the long hours and hard work Davout always applied to himself, and were generally thought to be the most effective of Napoleon's army. They participated in some of the greatest conflicts of the period, most famously Auerstadt - where Davout's ability as a commander of battle was immortalized - and the siege of Hamburg." "This study also touches upon the personal life of a man who, despite commanding unlimited respect, had few social skills. We learn of his successful marriage to the beautiful and well-connected Aimee, the couple's struggle with the demands of Parisian social life, and the hopes he harboured for his only surviving son, Louis."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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