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jarhead01 Aug 2012 9:33 p.m. PST

I am looking for some solid reference materials regarding these two Napoleonic era Generals: GDiv Domenico Pino and GDiv Giuseppe Lechi. Already went through most of the obvious resources avaliable online using basic google searches. I don't speak Italian, but definitely know how to use google translator – any assistance is appreciated. My intent is to write some scholarly articles regarding the Kingdom of Italy and their presence in the Eastern Coast of Spain during the peninsualr war, aka the Spanish War of Independance.

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Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 5:22 a.m. PST

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Général de brigade Domenico Pino (Count). Was born in Milan on September 8, 1760, from a family of traders. He had an impetuous and determined nature, and fully embraced the Revolution ideals in 1796; initially as a simple grenadier, in the following year was already a Chiefof the legion, which took possession of some places in the Duchy of Parma, on the borders of Milanese territory. Suspected since 1798, for his close friedship with the "rebel" General Lahoz, when he came to Pesaro, with his friend, General Montrichard, from Bologna expelled these two officers and removed them from their commands. Lahoz did not yield and put resolutely himself at the head of an insurrection against the French, Pino, on the contrary, met General Monnier, commander in Ancona, showing always a true devotion to Bonapartists and contributing to the Ancona defense. He had been named general of brigade on December 16, 1798. At the end of 1799, when the Austro-Russians invaded central Italy, he repaired in France, returning in Italy after the Bonaparte's victorious campaign of 1800. He was then named general of division. In 1802, Bonaparte charged Pino with the command of Romagna Region, and later, he entrusted to him the War Ministry of the Kingdom of Italy. In 1805, Pino was replaced, at the Ministry, by Caffarelli and returned to the field, leading his former division under Napoleon. He was characterized by bravery and intelligence; remained attached to the main French army until the autumn of 1813. The Emperor sent him again to Italy to support the viceroy against the advances of Austria. General Pino operated, with his division, on September 15, at Lippa, at Adelsberg and Fiume. After having gathered some troops in Bologna, he went against the Austrians who had passed over the River Po, close to Volano. Later, Murat, called him at Naples. There were, probably, several disagreements with the king of Naples, so Pino, suspected of sedition,   was forced to leave Naples and to go to Milan, where he waited for the final standings of the campaign. When, in 1816, the Senate of the Kingdom deliberated to ask the allied sovereigns for having Eugene Beauharnais as king of Italy, it is believed that Pino took part in the insurrection of April 20, which ruined that clever project. Austrian troops having entered Milan few days after, and   Field Marshal Bellegarde being put at the head of regency, the influence of the General Pino ceased. He was put in retirement with a pension of 3,000 florins. In December, Bellegarde arrested General Theodore Lechi and a Pino's aide-de-camp, who were to be sent to the king of Naples, to commit him to employ his in order to maintain the kingdom of Italy under an "Italian" crown. Pino, again under suspicion by the Austrian authorities, was condemned to an absolute absence from the political life in Milan. He died close to Milan, on June 13, 1826, age sixty-six.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2012 5:24 a.m. PST

Not really that helpful. All I could find tho, w/o going thru my library which is all packed up for moving!!

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