The first comprehensive history of the decisive Fall Campaign of 1813, which determined control of Central Europe following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia the previous year. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, Michael V. Leggiere provides a panoramic history which covers the full sweep of the struggle in Germany. He shows how Prussia, the weakest of the Great Powers, led the struggle against Napoleon and his empire. By reconstructing the principal campaigns and operations in Germany, the book reveals how the defeat of Napoleon in Germany was made possible by Prussian victories. In particular, it features detailed analysis of the strategy, military operations, and battles in Germany that culminated with the epic four-day Battle of Nations at Leipzig and Napoleon's retreat to France. This study not only highlights the breakdown of Napoleon's strategy in 1813, but constitutes a fascinating study in coalition warfare, international relations, and civil-military relations.Read more
- The first comprehensive account of Napoleon's defeat at the hands of Prussia in autumn 1813
- Sheds important new light on Napoleon's generalship
- Combines analysis of military operations, diplomacy and the experience of battle
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"Leggiere does an outstanding job of describing the interactions of a complex, internally-divided alliance whose armies nevertheless repeatedly managed to outmaneuver and outfight Napoleon! The operational analysis, particularly of Leipzig, is also unusually clear. This volume will - indeed must - be consulted by anyone seeking to understand the nature of war in the Napoleonic era."
Dennis E. Showalter, author of Frederick the Great: A Military HistorySee more reviews
"Michael Leggiere offers a fascinating dissection of the 1813 campaign, both military and diplomatic, that culminated in Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig. He emphasizes the role played by Prussia, still eager to avenge the humiliation of Jena, and military historians will especially relish his mastery of strategy, tactics and operational art."
Alan Forrest, author of Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography
"Professor Leggiere has contributed immeasurably to the English-language scholarship on the Napoleonic 1813 campaign in Germany with this balanced sequel to his excellent operational and political study. The climatic fall 1813 campaign has long been ready for a reassessment and Leggiere has answered this need with a comprehensive operational-political history of Napoleon's great defeat from the perspective of the victors."
John T. Kuehn, author of A Military History of Japan: From the Age of the Samurai to the 21st Century
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- Date Published: August 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107080546
- length: 899 pages
- dimensions: 239 x 15 x 69 mm
- weight: 1.52kg
- contains: 22 b/w illus. 28 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Trachenberg and Reichenbach
2. The Silesian army
3. 'The infamous conduct of the Prussians'
6. The Katzbach
7. Blücher's hare hunt
8. 'Nothing more remains than to have them shot dead'
10. The Middle Elbe
11. The Mulde
12. Hide and seek
13. Opening round
14. 'A battle of the most obstinate and sanguinary class'
15. The battle of Leipzig
16. Race to the Rhine
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