Free Lance in India

Pierre Cuillier-Perron (1755-1834) was a French soldier of Fortune in India. He was born as the son of a merchant with the name Pierre Cuillier, at Château du Loire in France. In 1780 he came as a sailor on a French ship to India and deserted on the Malabar coast. He went north and enlisted in a mercenary corps under a Scotsman named Sangster. In 1790 he took service under the famous general De Boigne and became commander of the second brigade.

In 1795 he assisted to win the battle of Kardla against the nizam of Hyderabad. After De Boigne's retirement he became commander-in-chief of Sindhia's army. At the battle of Malpura (1800) he defeated the Rajput forces.

After the defeat of Ujjain (1891) he refused to send his troops to the aid of Sindhia. His treachery on this occasion shook his position, and on the outbreak of war between Sindhia and the British in 1803 Perron was superseded and fled to the British camp.

In the battles of Delhi, Laswari, Ally Ghur (now Aligarh) and Assaye, Perron's battalions were completely destroyed by Lord Lake and Sir Arthur Wellesley. Perron returned to France with a large fortune, and died in 1834.


Ernst Röhm (1887-1934)

Ernst Röhm was born in 1887 in Munich. He was a professional officer in World War I, where he was wounded several times and received various decorations. After the war he became Chief of Staff of the Free Corps Epp and an organizer of various illegal defense associations. Soon he became a member of the Nazi party and took part in the coup of 1923. Because of personal differences with Hitler he resigned his office in 1925. In 1928 he went as an instructor with the rank of a Colonel for two years to Bolivia. Later he was recalled by Hitler to reorganize the SA. About a year after the Nazis took over the power he was murdered with other SA leaders.