„Serbian-Russian medallions“ – Episode 2: Mihailo Andrejevic Miloradovic
Count Mikhail Andreyevich Miloradovich (Russian: Граф Михаи́л Андре́евич Милора́дович, Serbian: Гроф Михаил Андрејевић Милорадовић G October 12 [O.S. October 1] 1771 – December 27 [O.S. December 15] 1825 was a Russian general of paternal Serbian origin, prominent during the Napoleonic Wars. He entered military service on the eve of the Russo-Swedish War of 1788–1790 and his career advanced rapidly during the reign (1796-1801) of Emperor Paul I. He served under Alexander Suvorov during Italian and Swiss campaigns of 1799.
Miloradovich served in wars against France and Turkey, earning distinction in the Battle of Amstetten (1805), the capture of Bucharest (1806), the Battle of Borodino (September 1812), the Battle of Tarutino (October 1812) and the Battle of Vyazma (November 1812). He led the reserves into the Battle of Kulm (August 1813), the Battle of Leipzig (October 1813) and the Battle of Paris (1814). Miloradovich attained the rank of General of the Infantry in 1809 and the title of count in 1813. His reputation as a daring battlefield commander (contemporaries called him "the Russian Murat" and "the Russian Bayard" rivalled that of his bitter personal enemy Pyotr Bagration, but Miloradovich also had a reputation for good luck. He boasted that he had fought fifty battles but had never been wounded nor even scratched by the enemy.