Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Re: Berthier and the bridges, 17 Oct 1813.

You rely too much on Macdonald.

'Napoleon considered Macdonal brave but unlucky-meaning, in Napoleon's vocabulary, that he lacked the quickness of mind to meet unexpected developments. He could be audacious, but too often unthinkingly so: At the Trebbia and again at the Katzbach in 1813 he deliberately crossed a difficult stream on a broad front against a superior enemy, at the Katzbach despite Napoleon's express orders.'

'Macdonald suffered from a tendency to free and sarcastic speech, never missing a chance for a jest, preferable barbed. On reexamination, his Souvenirs are unreliable history; he blandly claims credit for actions where he was not present and blames his failures on his subordinates.'

'By making him a marshal, Napoleon hung a millstone around his own neck. With Oudinot and Marmont, that made three millstones.'

-John Elting, Swords Around a Throne, 139.

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