Duc de Danzig
and honest, Francois Lefebvre was a loyal and distinguished member
of the marshalate.
took him almost 20 years to go from being a soldier in the royal
guard to sergeant but, after the revolution, just 18 months to achieve
general of division.
impressed at Fleurus and spent the next few years on the German
of his biggest achievements, however, came in Paris when during
the Coup of Brumaire he marched his troops into the Council
of the 500 and probably saved Napoleon
Bonaparte from being lynched.
promotion to marshal came in 1804.
at Jena as head of the Guard infantry,
Lefebvre went on to besiege Danzig and his success led to his ducal
1808 he campaigned in Spain and won the battles of Durango, Valmaceda
and Espinosa against Spanish troops.
to Germany, he led the Bavarians at Abensberg
and Eckmuhl before moving into
the Tyrol and defeating the Austrians and rebels under Andreas Hofer.
Russian campaign saw him back
in charge of the Old Guard and he fought at Borodino,
and later at Dresden and Leipzig
during the 1813 Campaign.
the 1814 defence of France,
Lefebvre did exceptionally well at Champaubert
was one of the marshals who backed Bonaparte's abdication, but joined
with him again for the 100 Days Campaign,
after which he spent four years kicking his heels before being restored
to his titles by the Bourbons.