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The battle of Leipzig was in terms of the number of combatants involved the largest engagement of the entire Napoleonic Wars The disastrous effects of Leipzig led directly to the collapse of Napoleon's political and military position in Germany and the cataclysmic campaign in France in 1814 which culminated in Napoleon's abdication and exile to Elba Leipzig was the only battle of the wars in which all Allied armies i. The denouement to the disastrous Russian campaign and the harbinger of Waterloo Leipzig was a victory by an Allied army against a rapidly recreated French army Napoleon has lost a huge percentage of the army that entered Russia as well as priceless horseflesh His lack of cavalry at Leipzig was an issueFirst it is almost incomprehensible how Napoleon created a new army so swiftly after the catastrophic invasion of Russia But he did it One problem Not enough horses to maintain the cavalry as needed This would be a factor in the Leipzig campaign In 1813 the French Army under Napoleon had at its disposal about 440000 troops in the field army The opponents of the French included Russian troops 184000 troops in the field army Austrians 127000 troops Prussian forces 162000 in the field army Sweden 23000 troops under the command of one of Napoleon s former corps commanders Bernadotte Ad up these and odds and ends of other allies About 512000 troops page 27 A huge number of soldiers awaiting battle The order of battle listing all troops involved and their units is almost stupefying from pages 28 to 36Second the campaign is pretty well depicted from its origins to the conclusion at Leipzig in which Napoleon s fate was sealed the book argues that it was Leipzig and not Waterloo that doomed Napoleon The first map on the campaign is on pages 38 39 outlining the starting point of the maneuvering Pages 41 63 discuss the series of battles leading up to Leipzig Overall the French did poorer than better i n the preliminary combatThen the titanic battle itself The text describes the different aspects of the combat Sometimes one gets lost in the welter of which unit did what The maps on occasion are not as illuminating as desired But overall the text does give a sense of the struggle at LeipzigThe volume ends with a look at the battlefield as it exists today a chronology a guide to further reading and wargaming LeipzigThis volume in Osprey s Campaign series is rather brief but it provides an entree to one of the important battles of the early 19th century which doomed Napleon and the French to ultimate defeat

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Leipzig 1813 The Battle of the Nations Osprey Military Campaign

Ncluding even the Swedes fielded troops against Napoleon Indeed the Swedish Army was commanded by Bernadotte formerly one of Napoleon's marshals and now Crown Prince of Sweden Leipzig represents that rarity in the Napoleonic era a truly decisive battle Peter Hofschroer looks at the run up to this crucial battle as well as the battle itself Much background information is given including the strategies of both sides an. The book is pretty good as are pretty much all the Campaign books I have read The introductory information and the description of the 1813 campaign prior to Leipzig almost as detailed as that of the Battle of Nations itself That is good since there is not a Campaign book for Dresden and bad because Leipzig itself does probably not get all the detail it deserves Oh if Osprey wrote the books I wanted rather than those that make sense what a terrible business they would have

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D detailed information on each of the combatant forces This helps to show the wide range in the uantity and uality of the men each of the allies possessed from the Russian field army of 184123 men to the minuscule British contribution of just under 7500 troops the vast majority of whom were German The numerous battles leading up to Leipzig are also discussed thus providing an interesting overview of the whole campaig. Not a hugely detailed book on the Leipzig campaign but I felt even with it being somewhat lacking in detail it was worth reading for all but the most knowledgeable of Napoleonic students Good maps and use information abound as usual


8 thoughts on “Leipzig 1813 The Battle of the Nations Osprey Military Campaign

  1. says:

    The denouement to the disastrous Russian campaign and the harbinger of Waterloo Leipzig was a victory by an Allied army against a rapidly recreated French army Napoleon has lost a huge percentage of the army that

  2. says:

    This volume is one of the weakest I have read in Osprey Campaign series With limited space of just below 100 pages it would be almost impossible to present than superficial narrative of this battle It is therefore inexplica

  3. says:

    Much listing of names and units and very limited analysis and context

  4. says:

    The book is pretty good as are pretty much all the Campaign books I have read The introductory information and the description of the 1813 campaign prior to Leipzig almost as detailed as that of the Battle of Nations itse

  5. says:

    Good and brieA bit technical for amateurs like myself but it gives a good idea of how this most important war was fought

  6. says:

    Not a hugely detailed book on the Leipzig campaign but I felt even with it being somewhat lacking in detail it w

  7. says:

    Could have used detail The other Napoleonic books in the series are much better

  8. says:

    Tedious didn't finish it