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NEY Michel - LS 1810 from Salamanca

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Michel NEY, Duc d’Elchingen and Prince de la Moskova (1769-1815)

Letter Signed (“Ney”) to General Loison, asking him to send him a report of the situation of his troops and any information possible about the enemy.
1 page 4to in French with integral blank leaf, Salamanca, 16 February 1810. 

Trans: “The Prince of Neuchatel [Berthier] tells me, my dear General in his letter of 31 January, that, in line with the Emperor’s orders, your division is part of the 6th Corps. I would therefore request you to send me a report of the situation and position of your troops, and to give me also any information you might have about the enemy. . .”
The enemy in question here would most likely be the largely ineffectual Spanish army or perhaps the rather more threatening bands of Spanish guerrillas.
Having reformed the 6th Corps at Salamanca, Ney soon found himself under the orders of Marshal Massena for the attempted French invasion of Portugal. The relationship was far from happy. Ney and Massena were temperamentally vastly different, and the antipathy between them caused a series of problems during the campaign. Nevertheless, they were successful in capturing Ciudad Rodrigo, which Wellington had left with only token defences, in July. Eventually, the French army was faced with Wellington’s most impregnable defences, the lines of Torres Vedras. After fruitless, painful months, the French were forced to retreat. Ney was to return to France in March 1811.


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