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

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jun 23, 2015 - History - 404 pages

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. 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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List of Illustrations Preface
France and Prussia
The Sixth Coalition
Gen Hans David Ludwig von Yorck
Marshal Michel
The Defense of Berlin
The Politics of Dissension
The Battle of Hagelberg 27 August 1813
The Battle of Dennewitz 6 September 1813
At the Rubicon
Crossing the Rubicon
The Situation on 19 September 1813

Muskets Saddles and Shoes
Axes Spades and Water
Plans and Preparations
The Situation on 25 April 1813
Opening Moves
The Situation on 20 and 21 August 1813
Groß Beeren
The Situation on 9 October 1813
The Battle of Leipzig 19 October 1813

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Michael V. Leggiere is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Military History Center, University of North Texas, and author of Napoleon & Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (OU Press, 2002), and The Fall of Napoleon, Vol. I: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-181 (Cambridge, 2007).

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