Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813

Napoleon and Berlin The Franco Prussian War in North Germany At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive sho

  • Title: Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813
  • Author: Michael V. Leggiere
  • ISBN: 9780806133997
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V LeggiereAt a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V Leggiere explores Napoleon s almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately lost him all of Germany.Napoleon s motives have remained a subject of controversy from his own day until ours He may have hoped to deliver a tremendous blow to Prussia s war making capacity and morale Ironically, the heavy losses and strategic reverses sustained by the French left Napoleon s Grande Armee vulnerable to an Allied coalition that eventually drove Napoleon from Central Europe forever.

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    1. Fine account of the 1813 campaigns in Saxony with a focus on the role of Prussian general Von Bülow. This is an interesting perspective as Bülow’s career in 1813 touches on several crucial episodes in the Prussian revival of that year.He first played an important role during the three months between the return of Napoleon’s shattered army from Russia in December 1812 and the Prussian shift of alliance from France to Russia in March 1813. It shows that apart from walking a tight political r [...]

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