Prince de la Moscowa
as the Bravest of the Brave, Michel Ney was not known for his coolness,
or an excessive amount of caution.
courageous, the hot-tempered soldier's soldier too often let his
dash get in the way of sound military thinking.
He joined a hussars regiment in 1787 and through his elan and personality
was quickly promoted.
fought at Neerwinden, Mainz,
Mannheim, Winterthur, Hohenlinden,
Elchingen, Jena, Eylau,
Beresina, Weissenfels, Lutzen,
Bras and Waterloo.
later career and relationship with Napoleon
Bonaparte was a strained one - Ney having sided with those who
demanded the emperor's abdication and served the Bourbons. He re-attached
himself to Bonaparte for the 100
Days' Campaign - with terrible consequences for the French.
delaying and mishandling of the battle at Quatre
Bras ruined Bonaparte's strategic plan and the debacle of Waterloo,
where he completely lost the plot, ended in abject defeat.
Ney paid for his errors with his life as he was put on trial for
treason by the returning Bourbons, sentenced to death and shot on
7 December 1815.
He was, however, insanely brave to the end and gave the signal to
the firing squad to shoot.
Defends His Performance in Waterloo Campaign