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Berthier Louis Alexandre
(1753—1815)

Berthier Louis Alexandre (1753—1815)

It is doubtful that without Louis Berthier the French command system under Napoleon Bonaparte would have functioned to the degree of excellence it did. Berthier's brilliance lay in his ability to translate the many orders of the emperor into easily understood messages to subordinates. Berthier began his military career in 1766 in the engineers and his first major posting was to America in 1781. During the French Revolution, Berthier sheltered the Royal Family from extremists and this led to his dismissal in 1792. Three years later he returned to the military in Italy and became a general of division. His next move, to the Army of the Alps, brought him his first meeting with Bonaparte, with whom he served in a senior staff role in Italy and Egypt campaigns. While he was without peer as an organiser and administrator, Berthier's military talents were poor and when left in command of the army on the Danube found himself in trouble against a rapid attack from Archduke Charles. While no supreme strategist he was brave and when Bonaparte left the French forces during the retreat from Moscow, Berthier stayed behind to help both Marshal Joachim Murat and then Eugene Beauharnais. Wounded at Brienne, Berthier realised the need to remove Bonaparte from power and supported both the new government and the Bourbons upon their return to power. When Bonaparte returned from exile Berthier refused to join with him. It is unsure why, but he fell to his death from a window at Bamberg. Conjecture is that he was either murdered, or was deeply upset by his own decision not to join the emperor and threw himself out.


Ajman, 1970, Keys of Vienna

Ajman, 1970, French army crossing the Alps

Ajman, 1970, Battle of Pyramids

Ajman, 1971, Bonaparte in Jaffa

Ajman, 1971, Ulm

Ajman, 1972, Napoleon near Eylau

Ajman, 1973, Battle of Pyramids

Comoren Islands, 2009, Napoleon Bonaparte

Czech Republic, 2005, Napoleon near Austerlitz

Dahomey, 1969, Napoleon at the Battle of Eylau

Equatorial Guinea, 1976, Battle of Eylau

Equatorial Guinea, 1976, Battle of Jena

Equatorial Guinea, 1977, Battle of Pyramids

Equatorial Guinea, 1977, French army crossing Alpes

Equatorial Guinea, 1977, Battle of Austerlitz

Equatorial Guinea, 1977, Battle of Jena

Equatorial Guinea, 1977, Battle of Eylau

Equatorial Guinea, 1977, French campain

Fujeira, 1970, Battle of Pyramids

Fujeira, 1970, Bonaparte in Jaffa

Fujeira, 1972, Coronation of Napoleon; French campaign

Gabon, 1969, Oath of the Army

Gambia, 1993, The Coronation of Napoleon (detail)

Guinea, 2007, Battle of Eylau

Guinea, 2011, French presidents, Napoleon I

Guyana, 1993, Coronation of Napoleon

Liberia, 1970, The French Campaign

Mali, 1969, Napoleon near Austerlitz

Manama, 1970, Battle of Jena

Manama, 1972, Battle of Pyramids

Manama, 1972, Napoleon at Eylau

Niger, 1969, Bonaparte in Jaffa

Niger, 1969, French campaign

Ras al-Khaima, 1970, Enter of general Bonapart to Alexandria

Ras al-Khaima, 1970, Coronation of Napoleon

Sharjah, 1970, Battle of Pyramids

Sharjah, 1970, Battle of Jena

Sharjah, 1970, Battle of Pyramids

Sharjah, 1970, Battle of Jena

Sharjah, 1970, Napoleon Bonaparte. Battle of Jena

Umm al Quiwain, 1972, Napoleon after battle of Eylau

Umm al Quiwain, 1972, Bonaparte in Jaffa

Upper Volta, 1969, First presentation of the Legion of Honour

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