of Napoleon Bonaparte's most
brilliant subordinates, Suchet had a long military career that began
in 1791 and ended in 1815.
all the marshals sent to hold Spain, only Suchet had success and
ruled Catalonia wisely and well with a just administration that
brought peace to a ravaged land.
early career saw him fight at Loano, Dego,
Lodi, Castiglione, Mantua,
Arcola and Rivoli.
to general de brigade in 1798, Suchet married into the Bonaparte
clan and became Chief of Staff of the Army of Italy.
was fought at Novi, Ulm, Hollabrunn,
Austerlitz, Saalfield, Jena,
Pultusk and Ostrolenka. In 1808, Suchet became a count and then
was transferred to Spain.
successes in Spain earned him a marshalate in 1811 and two years
later took up the governorship of Catalonia.
the French began to withdraw from the Peninsula, Suchet oversaw
a textbook withdrawal into France and, after the abdication of Bonaparte,
served the Bourbons.
the eagles upon the emperor's return, Suchet - like the equally
able Marshal Davout - found himself
out of the main action of the 100
why Bonaparte wasted such military talents at such a crucial time
blacklisted by the returning Bourbons, he was forgiven in 1819 but
spent the remaining seven years of his life in retirement.
with Davout, Suchet was Bonaparte's military and administrative