Whats the specific evidence that you base your opinion on. Wht did you think he was "in decline". It;s teh crazy vagueness your your statments that makes me more pdeantic. Thee has simply been nothing substantive said other the vague statements. I don;lt kno whwta you base it on. But surley it;'s something.,So you don't engage in pointless and pedantic arguments?
I am asking you what you consider evidence and you try to make it into an argument instead of just telling me what exactly you would want.
Inefer? what I am a mind reader? If you make vague statements how is that my problem.I mentioned Fririon and the general complaints and issues Massena was having... can you infer at the very least?
So he frequently went on sick leave... was being undermined by his staff... was considered to have been incapable in an actual command role...
Whta type of ilness? Extremely Sick . You assuming your conclusion.What kind of specifics? Is going on sick leave in 1807, being retired in 1810 and getting so extremely sick in 1812 that he had to immediately quit and go into retirement not specific enough?
Well was he sick at all.?He might just be sick of Napoleon hardly a overly warm relationship by all accounts.
Look it;s fine if have no source or don;t wan to look thi8ngs up. It;s tim,e consumimng and a pain escially if you have to go and get the books from somewhere. But if it;'s more than just you opinion something to go would be nice. Your hacve served up a lot of half baked generalizations. They are unsatisfactory,.I don't have a book in front of me at this immediate moment. Do I need to have a book in front of me at all times and make annotations to all of my posts in order to comment on a history website?
Honestly asking for a source doesn't bother me. But the assumption that something must be wrong because there is no source makes no sense.
What is it they said about absence of evidence not being evidence of absence?
Perhpas Firion had a grude, is it multiple sources or just this one guy? I've redd Yeremlov's book, he bitches about everyone he's got political knives against other Russian Generals for various reasons.Anyway Fririon himself makes excessive mentions, in his Journal of the Campaign in Portugal, of Massena's strange behavior and easy manipulation by those around him.