Von Blucher joined the Swedish Army as a Hussar at the age of sixteen, but after he was captured during battle, he began serving under the Prussian regiment. He took part in theand was much admired for his skill, but away from the front line he was better known for his poor moral character and crude antics. After his excessive behavior led him to be denied a promotion, Blucher wrote an angry letter of resignation and retired to the countryside. He took up farming and remained out of the limelight for fifteen years, until the death of allowed him to return to the army. He was reinstated to his old regiment, and after a successful expedition to the Netherlands he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Blucher went on to achieve the rank of major general of the cavalry shortly before the start of the .
In 1805, Blucher led the Prussian army during a battle against, and even after his surrender at Ratekau he was allowed to keep his weapons and move freely throughout the country. After the war, he was greatly admired as the leader of the Prussian Patriot Party, but his hopes for an alliance with Austria fell through, and he was banished from the court after he openly expressed his disgust at a possible Russo-French alliance. Returning to a position of power in 1813, Blucher fought at Lutzen and Leipzig, taking the second city for himself after a decisive battle against Napoleon. Following the French emperorís exile, Blucher was made Prince of Wahlstatt before retiring to Silesia.
His services to Prussia were not yet complete, however, and he was called back into battle during Napoleonís return to France and Hundred Days campaign. He led his army on a torturous march through the French countryside before arriving at Waterloo, where the arrival of much-needed backup won the war for Napoleonís enemies. The emperor was exiled a second time, and Blucher remained in Paris for a time before returning to his Silesian estate, where he passed away at the age of 76.
|Born in Northern Germany|
|Joined the Swedish Army but aligned with the Prussian army after he was captured|
|Wrote a rude letter of resignation after he was denied a promotion|
|Reinstated as a major in his old regiment, the Red Hussars|
|Took part in an expedition to the Netherlands|
|Became colonel of the Red Hussars|
|Was made general of the cavalry|
|Defeated Napoleon at the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig|
|Defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo|
|Waterloo in||The Hanoverians by C. J. B. Gaskoin|
|Batttle of Waterloo in||The Story of France by Mary Macgregor|
|Downfall of Napoleon in||The History of Germany by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall|
|Fall of the Empire in||The Struggle for Sea Power by M. B. Synge|
|Eve of Waterloo in||The Struggle for Sea Power by M. B. Synge|
|Waterloo in||The Boy's Book of Battles by Eric Wood|
Heroes of Waterloo
in The Hanoverians
The Meeting of Wellington and Blucher
in The Story of the English
Not till after the battle did Blucher and Wellington meet.
in Our Island Story
|Victorious general who rose to power during the French Revolution. Crowned himself Emperor and restored France to greatness.|
|One of Napoleon's most trusted generals and hero of many French battles. Executed for treason after Waterloo.|
|Patriot of the Austrian Tyrol who held Austria for the Hapsburgs against Napoleon's allies.|
|Key figure of the French Revolution. Leader of the Reign of Terror.|
|Radical Doctor who became Leader of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.|