Ernst von Rüchel
German generalDied when: 68 years 177 days (821 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Ernst von Rüchel (21 July 1754 – 14 January 1823) was a Prussian general who led an army corps in a crushing defeat by Napoleon at the Battle of Jena on 14 October 1806.
He commanded troops from the Kingdom of Prussia in several battles during the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793 and 1794.Afterward he held various appointments as a diplomat and a military inspector.
In 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars he held an important army command but has been criticized for his actions at Jena.
Wounded, he managed to escape the French pursuit, but never commanded troops in combat again.