nobleman, Louis Desaix joined the Republican armies in 1791 and
within three years was a general of division.
main area of operations was in Germany and he fought at Rastadt,
Ettlingen and Neresheim and won his first independent battle at
He campaigned with Napoleon Bonaparte
in North Italy and in 1798 joined the expedition to Egypt.
masterminded the capture of Malta and victory at Ramanieh and, when
Bonaparte set out to conquer Syria, Desaix pacified Upper Egypt
and chased an elusive Murad Bey.
to France he was captured by the British navy, but made it back
to his homeland in time to save Bonaparte at Marengo.
Desaix had been sent with two divisions to block the Austrian army's
escape when he heard the roar of guns at Marengo.
returning, he summed up the battle by saying to Bonaparte that this
battle had been lost, but there was still time to win another.
his men at the Austrians, Desaix was killed during the crucial assault.
Bonaparte mourned his death, but knew a potential rival was no more.