Rossel, Louis Nathaniel (X 1862 ; 1844-1871)

Alfred Cailliez1864

École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique
Palaiseau, France

Captain of military engineering in the army of Metz in 1870, he opposed the surrender of the city then surrounded, and presented in vain to Bazaine a report demonstrating the vulnerability of the Prussian army. He leaves the besieged city to join the government of National Defense in Tours, and proposes a maneuver allowing to distance the enemy far from his bases, this one was dismissed. Partisan of the war to the extreme, he offered his services to the Paris Commune on March 19, 1871 and was appointed "delegate to the war". In disagreement with the leaders of the movement, he resigned. Arrested by the Versailles people, translated into a War Council, refusing exile against his pardon, he was shot in Satory on November 22, 1871


  • Title: Rossel, Louis Nathaniel (X 1862 ; 1844-1871)
  • Creator: Alfred Cailliez
  • Date Created: 1864
  • Subject Keywords: student, uniform, Paris Commune
  • Type: Photo
  • Rights: École polytechnique
  • Medium: Photography

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