Langenauthe quartermaster-general of the Grand Army, found him an indispensable assistant, and he had a considerable share in planning the Leipzig campaign. He won praise for his tactical skills in the battles of Brienne and Arcis-sur-Aube. He entered Paris with the allied sovereigns in Marchand returned with them to the Congress of Viennawhere he appears to have acted as an intermediary between Metternich and Tsar Alexander I of Russiawhen the two were not on speaking terms.
During the succeeding years of peace he disappeared from public view. He resumed his functions as chief of staff, Radetzky March, but his ardent ideas for reforming the army came to nothing in the face of the general war-weariness and desire to "let well enough alone.
The emperor, unwilling to go as far as that, promoted him general of cavalry and shelved him by making him governor of a fortress. But very soon afterwards, the Restoration settlement of Europe was shaken by fresh upheavals, and Radetzky was brought back into the field of war again. He took part under Frimont in the campaign against the Papal States insurgents, and succeeded that general in the chief command of the Austrian army in Italy in InRadetzky was promoted to full field marshal.
He was then seventy, but still displayed the vigor and zeal of his youth in the training and discipline of the army he commanded. But there too he was in advance of his time, and the government not only disregarded his suggestions and warnings but also refused the military the money that would have enabled the finest army it possessed to take the field at a moment's notice.
Thus the events of in Italywhich gave the old field marshal his place in history among the great commanders, found him, in the beginning, not unprepared but seriously handicapped in the struggle with Charles Albert's army, and the insurgents in Milan and elsewhere. By falling back to the Quadrilatero and there, rebuffing one opponent after another, he was able to buy time until reinforcements arrived, and thenceforward up to the final triumph at the Battle of Novara on 23 Marchhe and his army carried all before them.
He also commanded the Austrian troops who reconquered Venice after the year-long siege of the rebellious city in May — August He became a Knight of the Radetzky March of the Golden Fleece in His well-disciplined sense of duty towards officers of higher rank had become more intense in the long years of peace, and, after keeping his army loyal midst the confusion ofhe made no attempt to play the part of Wallenstein or even to assume Wellington 's role of 'family adviser to the nation'.
While as a patriot he dreamed a little of a united Germany, he remained to the end simply the commander of one of the emperor's armies.
After his triumph in Italyhe was made Viceroy of Lombardy-Venetia from to - being the only one not of royal Habsburg blood. Repression in Lombardy-Venetia was severe: the Austrians could act with impunity and little denunciation from the exiled patriots in the rest of Italy,  and masking their action as "repression of banditry," there was little danger of it acquiring international resonance.
From Radetzky introduced public caning  as a form of punishment, the death penalty for conspirators and life sentences for failing to denounce revolutionary activities. While effective in preventing rebellions, these brutal acts marked the failure of all re-pacification policies between Austria and the Italian population; had dug too deep a chasm between the Italians and the Austrian government, and - as events in showed - it was only the power of Austrian military might that kept Austria and her client states in Italy.
It was part of Radetzky's good fortune that he died one year before his whole work dissolved. Radetzky lies buried in a crypt under a monumental obelisk in the central part of the pantheon, together with Field Marshal Maximilian von Wimpffen and Pargfrieder himself.
In military history Radetzky is highly regarded as a brilliant field marshal, while historians consider his ruthless role as a Viceroy as point of no return in the troubled relationship between Austria and the Italian population.
Some of the about 40 decorations of Radetzky on display at the Heeresgeschichtliches MuseumVienna. From Wikipedia, the Radetzky March encyclopedia. For other uses, see Radetzky disambiguation. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.
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