The last few history doodles are done!
For salparadisewasright, who requested “our favorite redheaded Alsatian” - and as Rin Tin Tin was tan and black, I presume he means the mighty Michel Ney.
Bravest of the Brave, the Red Lion, le Rougeaud, Prince de la Moskwa, Duke of Elchingen, and jesus christ this man has more names and titles than Danaerys Targaryen.
Raise the tricolor flag of the Eagle and join me. If you do it, I will embrace you as I did that time during the Russian Campaign.
Ney receives a letter from Napoleon during the Hundred Days and decides to join his Emperor again. Riyoko Ikeda, Eroica, v. 12.
Michel Ney was walking in the very end behind everyone. He symbolically wanted to cross the river [Niemen] as a last soldier of Grande Armée on it’s retreat. When he crossed the river, he turned, raised his arm with a pistol defiantly and shot his last bullet to Russia.
There entered a man in a coat of cinnamon color, with long beard, red fierce eyes. “You don’t recognize me?” he asked. “No, who are you?”, “Marshal Ney.” “And where is the rearguard?” “I am the rearguard! No-one is behind me.”
- from Memoirs of Mathieu Dumas
I couldn’t get the scene out of my head so I at least sketched it and poorly colored. I wish I could do proper painting of the last picture, maybe someday… And sorry for my poor english/french, I don’t have english version of the text, but you get the idea, right?
Also Ney with curly beard, mmm~ ?
10 January 1769 : Birth of Michel Ney, Marshal of the Empire, The Bravest of the Brave
Michel Ney, whom Napoleon hailed as the Bravest of the Brave, came of soldier race. He was a son of that eastern borderland, which had been for centuries a debatable land between France and Germany, and repeatedly the scene of war. […]. His father, Pierre Ney, had been a soldier, had fought in the campaigns of the Seven Years’ War, and been in an obscure unit in the ranks of the French army that Frederick had routed at Rossbach. He had been apprenticed to a cooper before he joined the Army. After his years of military service he set to work again at his old trade and settled in Saarlouis, where he married Margaret Groevelinger. Her famous son always spoke of her with deep affection. Pierre Ney was fairly prosperous, but never well off. He earned enough to give his children a good education. German was the language of their home. They learned French at school.
There were four of them, three sons and a daughter. Jean, the eldest, was born in 1767.[…] He was killed on 19 June 1799, in Macdonald’s disastrous battle against the Austrians at Trebbia. The second son was Michel, the future Marshal of the Empire. The third, Jacques, born on 7 March 1771, died in childhood. The daughter, Marguerite Ney, was born on 7 October 1772. She was twice married.
Marshal Ney’s retreat from Russia by Paul Emile Boutigny
Statue of Bernadotte as King of Sweden and Norway in Karl Johan’s park, Norrköping, Sweden. [x]
In the Kremlin—A Fire, Vasily Vereshchagin. 1887-1895.
The man who behind Napoleon, Is he marshal Ney?
Look who came in the mail today!
(It’s my stepdad’s, he’s subscribed to like three different history journals and I occasionally
It had to be done