Achille Francois Bazaine (1811-1888)

Achille Francois Bazaine was a French army officer who saw duty in Algeria, Crimea, Lombardy, and Mexico. In 1870 Napoleon III gave him supreme command in the Franco-Prussian War. Marshal Bazaine was unable to rise to the occasion, his army was surrounded by Prussians, and the battle of the Sedan brought down Napoleon III and his Second Empire. Bazaine began underhanded dealings with the Germans and capitulated to them, which led to his conviction for treason in 1873. Bazaine's death sentence was commuted to twenty years of seclusion on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite, but the soldier escaped to Italy.

1875 circa 5 years
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