Michel Ney

Michel Ney (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl nɛ]), 1st Duke of Elchingen, 1st Prince of the Moskva (10 January 1769 – 7 December 1815), popularly known as Marshal Ney, was a French military commander and Marshal of the Empire who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was one of the original 18 Marshals of the Empire created by Napoleon I. He was known as Le Rougeaud[1] (red-faced or ruddy)[2] by his men and Napoleon characterized him as le Brave des Braves (the Bravest of the Brave), a real paladin in the field, a braggart without judgment and decision in the workroom and after all is said, a Don Quixote.[3]


Michel Ney

Portrait by François Gérard
Nickname(s)Le Rougeaud, le Brave des Braves
Born(1769-01-10)10 January 1769
Sarrelouis, Three Bishoprics, France
(now Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany)
Died7 December 1815(1815-12-07) (aged 46)
Paris, France
Buried
Allegiance Kingdom of France
 Kingdom of the French
 French First Republic
 First French Empire (until 1814)
Bourbon Restoration (until 1815)
 First French Empire (1815)
Service/branchArmy
Years of service1787–1815
RankMarshal of the Empire
Commands heldVI Corps
III Corps
Battles/wars
AwardsGrand Cross of the Legion of Honour
Commander of the Order of the Iron Crown
Signature
Selected battles