Gourgaud

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General GOURGAUD Gaspard

 

November 14, 1783 (Versailles) – July 25, 1852 (Paris)

 

He was made famous for his audacity, and for good reason: At the crossing of the Danube, he took advantage of the trouble that the crossing of the bridge of Tabor had thrown in the Austrian army to rush towards the artillery park and seize it.

During the retreat from Russia, his devotion did not weaken for a moment: twice he swam past the Berezina before the construction of the bridges to go and recognize the enemy’s position.
Appointed as the Emperor’s ordinance officer in 1811, he had several opportunities to preserve the days of Napoleon 1st.

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