Memoirs of Marshal Oudinot, Duc de Reggio, Marshal of Napoleon During the Revolutionary Wars, the Consulate and First Empire by Eugenie De Coucy, Gaston Stiegler, Eug Nie De Coucy (Paperback / softback, 2011)
Marshal Oudit-soldier of the First Empire of France Nicholas Charles Oudit, 1st Comte Oudit, Duc de Reggio and Marshal of Napoleon Bonaparte's France was t born in the unusual style of the great men of the First Empire, but far from the opportunities that might lead to greatness. One of nine children and the son of a brewer, distiller and farmer in Lorraine, Oudit served as an ordinary soldier during the 1780s eventually resigning with the rank of sergeant after despairing of failing to achieve further promotion. The French Revolution then cast opportunity at his feet as only great social turmoil can and created the chance to rise through merit in ways impossible during the days of the old regime it swept aside. As a lieutenant colonel of volunteers in 1793 his action in the defence of the fort at Bitsch brought him to the tice of influential commanders and he was transferred to the regular army where recognition for his talent in numerous actions, but particularly at Kaiserslautern in 1794, won him promotion to general of brigade. Now Oudit began to keep company with the great soldiers of France and he proved himself consistently on the battlefield, rising to inspector general of infantry and winning both the sword of hour and the grand cross of the Legion of Hour. By 1809 Oudit had joined the elite ranks of the Marshals of France. He fought at Schongrabern, decisively at Austerlitz, at Friedland, Wagram, on the Russian Campaign, Lutzen, Bautzen, Leipzig and in the campaign to Napoleon's fall in 1814. Oudit supported the Bourbon Restoration and did t rally to his former master's flag during the Hundred Days. This account of the Marshal's life and career is ably assisted by contributions from his wife. This book is, of course, essential reading for all those interested in the Napoleonic age and especially in the actions of its most outstanding military figures. Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are t facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.
Eug Nie De Coucy, Eugenie De Coucy, Gaston Stiegler