Historic Overview Jean Martinet


Overall Rank4146
Date of birth02-Apr-1898 - Passy-Fra (Rhone Alpes)
Date of death29-Oct-1980 - Chedde-Fra (Rhone Alpes)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Jean Martinet - Scores by Season


1. 1917 Individual 5 104
2. 1919 Individual 1 318
3. 1921 Individual 140 108
4. 1922 Individual 92 153
5. 1923 Individual 3 534
6. 1924 Austral 80 188
7. 1925 Individual 16 452
8. 1926 Individual 130 152
9. 1928 Individual 70 218
10. 1930 Individual 120 173
Overall: 657 4146


Jean Martinet (died 1672) was a French lieutenant-colonel and Inspector General, and one of the first great drill masters of modern times. Martinet served during the reign of Louis XIV and made way to French conquest in the Holy Roman Empire. He was a severe drillmaster, which made him unpopular among his troops. Martinet revolutionized the early modern army by instituting a standardized system capable of turning raw recruits into a disciplined fighting force, thereby eliminating the mercenaries and soldiers-of-fortune who had been the mainstays of earlier armies. He also introduced the bayonet into the French army and the depot system, which put a stop to the army feeding off the enemy land, making war more humane. The English word martinet derives from the general's last name.

History records that Martinet was eventually killed by friendly fire, in the beginning of Franco-Dutch War, while leading an infantry assault at the siege of Duisburg.

source - Wikipedia