Kark Mack learnt soldiering in Austria's campaigns against the Turks
and when war with Revolutionary France
broke out he took on the role of chief of staff of the emperor's
was instrumental in getting France's General
Dumouriez to defect, but ruined his reputation by being captured
managed to escape the French three years later and was promoted
for Mack, his reputation remains sullied by the way in which Napoleon
Bonaparte surrounded him at Ulm.
brave attempts at Elchingen and
Haslach to break out from the French
encirclement, he was eventually forced to surrender his army at
was sacked by the Austrian emperor Francis
I and was lucky to have a death sentence reduced to imprisonment.
He spent four years in jail.