Category:Imperial Russian Army generals

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Nikolay Vasilyevich Vuich[edit]

Nikolay Vasilyevich Vuich (1765-1836) was a Russian military regimental and divisional commander of the Patriotic War of 1812, and Lieutenant-General of the Russian Imperial Army.

In the middle of the 18th century, his family moved from Serbia to Russia. On the 12 December 1777 he entered into Ahtirski Hussar regiment. On the 8 April 1787, he was transferred to Belarusian Corps, where he was promoted to the bearer. Merit during the Russo-Turkish War 1787-91 was promoted to captain and to finish during the crackdown of the Polish uprising was promoted to second major.

On 10 September 1800 he was appointed commander of the 11th Regiment of hunting; 18 September 1803 was promoted to colonel.

On 23 June 1806 he became chief of the newly-established 25th hunting Regiment, which took part in battles against the French (1806-07) and against the Swedes. On 12 March 1812 he was appointed chief of the 19th hunting Regiment and Brigadier Commander of the 24th Infantry Division.

On 21 November 1812 he was promoted to Major General. In May 1813 he became commander of 24th Infantry Division. On 27 November 1816 he became chief 24 infantry divisions and 11 November 1827 the boss 18 Infantry Division.

On 12 December 1824 he was promoted to General.


Ilya Duka[edit]

Baron Ilya Mikhailovich Duka (born in 1768 and died in 1830, descendant of a noble family of Serbian origin living in the Kursk region) was a General-Lieutenant of Russian cavalry of the 3rd Division of cuirassiers.

Ilya Mikhailovich Duka comes from a Serbian family that emigrated to Russia and settled in the government of Kursk. In May 1776, he entered the infantry at Chlisselbourg (formerly Nöteborg) near St. Petersburg. In 1783 he fought against Polish confederates alongside the Russian Imperial Army and was promoted aide-de-camp to Major-General Jovan Šević.

Ilya Mikhailovich Duka participated in the Russian-Turkish campaign between 1788 and 1789 and was transferred to the Ostrogorsk Cavalry Regiment in 1790. During the Polish insurrection led by Tadeusz Kościuszko in 1794, Ilya Mikhailovich Duka distinguished himself by capturing Polish general Tomasz Wawrzecki and his officers. For this heroic feat, he received the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In October 1799, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and transferred to the regiment of the Life Guard Regiment of Russian Imperial.

On October 23, 1806, Douka was appointed brigadier general of the regiment of cuirassiers of Imperial Russia. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Eylau on 8 February 1807 between the Russian Empire and the French Empire of Napoleon I. He is decorated with the order of St. George (3rd class) and a golden sword for his bravery. He was promoted to Major-General (Major-General) on 6 June 1807. In 1812, Duka commanded the 2nd Brigade of the Cuirassiers Division. For his actions at Smolensk and Borodino, he received the order of St. Anne (1st class) at the Battle of Winkowo or Battle of Taroutino, victory won on October 18, 1812 by the Russian army commanded by Mikhail Kutuzov and the order Of Saint-Vladimir (2nd class) at the battle of Maloyaroslavets which took place on October 24, 1812. On September 27, 1813, he was promoted Lieutenant-General. At the Battle of Leipzig (16-19 October 1813), also known as the Battle of the Nations, he was wounded in the head.

In 1814 he participated with the coalition forces in the invasion of France at the twilight of the Napoleonic Empire between November 1813 and January 1814. He fought bravely with the French forces which retired without glory from the Rhine to the Marne. Baron Ilya Mikhailovich Douka distinguished himself with his division and alongside Joseph Radetzky during several battles in the region of Langres and Chaumont, which earned him the decoration of order of the Prussian Red Eagle and Grand Cross of the Imperial Order of Leopold of Austria.

After these various French campaigns, he returned to Russia. The Tsar entrusted him with the command of the 2nd Division of the cuirassiers and then in September 1823 the command of the 2nd reserve cavalry corps. In September 1826 he was promoted to general and retired on 17 February 1827 for health reasons. He died on 28 February 1830.



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