Duc de Reggio
of the most wounded men involved in the Napoleonic Wars, Nicolas
Oudinot suffered no fewer than 22 battle injuries in more than 30
years of military service.
the royal army as a 17-year-old in 1784, Oudinot showed such ability
that within five years of signing on he was a cavalry captain and
was a lieutenant-colonel from 1792.
at Hagenau in 1793, his courage and inspirational leadership earned
him a jump to general of brigade.
Ulm he received six wounds and fell
into enemy Austrian hands, but was exchanged and, after recovering
from the injuries, found himself badly wounded again at Ingolstadt
years later he was a general of division and had been wounded several
major clashes included Wertingen, Hollabrunn, Danzig,
Bautzen, Gross Beeren, Leipzig,
Brienne and La
those battles he suffered a range of injuries - wounded in the shoulders,
legs, chest, almost losing an ear and surviving a musket ball hitting
his chest - stopped by his legion of honour.
a marshal in 1809, Oudinot continued his fearless ways and even
the title Duc de Reggio did not make him opt for a safer life.
was respected by all, particularly Napoleon
Bonaparte, but the respect of the emperor did not stop him from
backing the calls for his abdication.
Bonaparte's return from exile he did not join his former commander
and did his best to keep his troops loyal to King Louis XVIII.
marshal, Oudinot was talented, brave and devoted to France.