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Louis Charles Antoine DESAIX

French Louis Charles Antoine DESAIX

French general and military leader

Source :  Jean Luc MONDANEL

Born: on August 17, 1768 in Ayat-sur-Sioule, France
Died: on June 14, 1800 in Marengo, Italie


Biography

Born to an impoverished noble family of Ayat-sur-Sioule in the then-province of Auvergne, Desaix received his military education at the school founded by Marshal d'Effiat, and entered the French royal army. During his first six years of service, he devoted himself to duty and to military studies. When the French Revolution broke out, he threw himself into the cause of liberty. Refusing to "emigrate", he joined the staff of Charles Louis Victor de Broglie, prince de Broglie the Jacobin son of prince de Broglie.

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