on this day today but in AD 1809 at the battle of Wagram the French and especially their cavalry lost one of their most talented and dashing commanders and horsemen, Antoine Charles Louise de Lasalle - warrior and bagatyr of the old steppe legends.
General Lasalle (10th May 1775- 6th July1809) was supposed to say that no French hussar ought to live past his 30th birthday. He himself being a general was 34y.o.a. when he died at Wagram.
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Have you read Arthur Conan Doyle's Napoleonic novel about brigadier Gerard and his adventures?