Peripheral Paladins

October 2006
Military History;Oct2006, Vol. 23 Issue 7, p21
The article features several characters in military history who are not great captains or even military personnel. A case in point is Marshal Louis-Nicholas Davout, who commanded Emperor Napoleon's HI Cops during his Prussian campaign of 1806. One need not even be a great soldier to make a difference in war. Benjamin Franklin gained fame for any number of accomplishments before he played a critical role in winning the American Revolution, securing French recognition of the fledgling U.S. and obtaining massive military aid both as a dextrous diplomat and as a devious secret agent.


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