Luckner's military career began in the Seven Years War, but he embraced the French Revolution to such an extent that he became a Marshal of France in 1791. However, his relationship with the civilian authorities became more strained as the Revolution grew more radical and he eventually asked to resign. He was subsequently arrested, tried by the Paris Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined on 4 January 1794.
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