Napoleon’s Marshals: Pérignon, Brune, Sérurier, Kellermann, Grouchy, Moncey, Poniatowski, Jourdan.

In 1804 Napoleon created 18 ‘Marshals of the Empire’, to serve as the senior officers of the Grande Armée. He created a further 8 before his abdication. A few were aristocrats, but others were the sons of shopkeepers or tailors. The most favoured became princes and kings. Among their ranks were legendary figures such as Marshals Lannes, Soult, Davout and Massena, but also much less well know figures like Pérignon, Brune and Moncey. Our series will explore the lives of all 26 Marshals, and rank them according to our own judgement of their achievements as Marshals.

Thank you to our series historical consultant Lt.Col.Rémy Porte, whose blog on military history (in French) you can read here:

Images used under Creative Commons license CC BY SA 3.0:
Marshal’s baton by Rama via Wikimedia Commons
Monument to Prince Józef Poniatowski in Warsaw by Adrian Grycuk via Flickr

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📖 Napoleon’s Marshals (ed.David Chandler)
📖 The Napoleonic Wars by Todd Fisher
📖 Napoleon’s Wars by Charles Esdaile
📖 Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts

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  1. I hope you enjoy the first part of our Napoleon's Marshals series! Big thanks to video sponsor Call of War, the free to play WW2 strategy game in which you can rewrite history, use this link to download and get a new player bonus: Also big thanks to our historical adviser Lt.Col. Rémy Porte, former chief historian of the French Army, whose military history blog you can read (in French) here: Part 2 of Napoleon's Marshals will be out in late September, sign up at Patreon or follow us on FB, Twitter, Insta for production updates and extra content!

  2. As an American I love the history of any nation especially all the things in Europe with all the empires kings and wars and even how we got here because of it still kinda crazy

  3. Someone tell me why Brune was so poorly rated ?
    I thought after Holland in 1799 , he beat the Austrians in Italy (Pozzolo) with a much bigger force ?
    He never gets a run after this battle …why is that ?


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