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Oct 21, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
The end Leipzig 1813. French casualties: 75 000, Allied casualties: 51 000. Napoleon’s ambitions on German soil ended. But his army wasn’t beaten yet. The houses of the people of Leipzig stayed untouched in the early days of the
battle. On the 18th and 19th of Octobre, 1/5 Image those which were not in flames, were pillaged by the French. One platoon after another went through the flats and plundered, what they could carry. The allied forces did the same and did not behave like liberators. The Russian
soldiers were described as the most skillful 2/5 Image
May 2, 2023 6 tweets 3 min read
#OTD 1813. Großgörschen. Lutzen. 06:00PM. The emperor has come. Along the road to Markranstädt: The eastern allied flank is in peril. From southeast two French divisions arrive and march on to Starsiedel to engage the western allied flank. On the left French 1/6 ImageImage flank at Kleingörschen Russian troops approach led by Eugene of Württemberg. Behind him Konovizin’s Grenadiers, who march eastwards to defend Württemberg’s back, blocking MacDonald’s troops and Latour-Maubourg’s cavalry. At the slopes eastwards between Rahna and 2/6 Image
May 2, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
#OTD 1813. Großgörschen. Lutzen. In front of the village Großgörschen Souham‘s division out of Ney‘s Korps has lined up. French reconnaissance had failed totally. The news come late. The French are not aware, that nearly the whole Silesian army is about to challenge the 1/6 Image old enemy. At 11:00 o’clock the allied deployment, partly covered by a hill and the sun in the back, is complete for the charge. From 800m 4 batteries open fire on 3 French battalions. The infantry withstands the shelling without a move. The officers of the Grande 2/6 ImageImage
Oct 19, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
#battleofthenations #napoleon #leipzig 1813. The gates are still manned. The coalition forces did not await such a fast retreat of the French lines. No axe or gun is with the first units, who reach the wall. They shall take the gates, but can only press themselves 1/6 Image against the city walls. Rifle and musket fire from all directions. Many detachments cannot move. The defenders beat holes in the wall and use them as loop holes. At the Grimma’s gate the Königsberg Landwehr battalion from Bülows Corps breaks the thin wall and storms the 2/6 Image
Oct 18, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
#battleofthenations #OTD #napoleon #leipzig 1813. The Germans in French uniforms from the Rhine and Mayence (Mainz) are in the heavy fights to hold Göhren in the south. Murat arrives. “Mes enfant, il ne faut pas quitter ce village là, autrement nous sommes perdu.” They 1/4 Image have to hold to secure the retreat. Despite the brave defence they are overrun. All the blood from the days before was for nothing. From Liebertklolkwitz and from the 17th the wounded were placed in nearly all houses there. When they leave the town, the homes are all in 2/4 Image
Oct 18, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
#battleofthenations #OTD #napoleon #leipzig 1813. The army of the north is here. They increase the push. Napoleon resits at the tobacco mill. On all fronts the carnage goes on. 1 000 men die per hour. The northern flank withers. In south Probstheida is in flames.
1/5 Image Landwehr is pushing in and are thrown out again. The guns which were conquered minutes before are lost again. Without shelter, the returned French artillery squads fire one canister shot after another and rip the bodies of the Landwehr. They are wiped out. The church 2/5 Image
Oct 17, 2022 7 tweets 5 min read
#OTD #warsofliberation #napoleon #leipzig #marshalblucher #thebattleofthenations  1813 All reserves are exhausted. Blücher throws one reserve after another in the fire. They cannot pass!! The grapeshots of the French artillery tear down the young men. But General Yorck, 1/7 Image sees only one way. One unit ist still in reserve. The reserve Cavalry. Hussars and Colonel Jurgas with the Westprussian Dragoons and Graf Henckel von Donnersmark with the Lituanian. General Yorck let them line up. His staff also joins the line. Either victory or they will 2/7 Image
Oct 17, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
# OTD #warsofliberation #napoleon #leipzig #marshalblucher #thebattleofthenations 1813. The emperor is surprised. The Silesian army is there. Napoleon had hoped to crush the coalition forces in the south before other detachments arrive. But now he is getting aware, that ImageImage the circle closes and from hour to hour he realises, that the Coalition’s generals had coordinated their forces brilliantly. Even beyond the Elster, Austrian forces threaten the French retreat line. The Sileasian army had already shown its determination. And from Blücher, Image
Oct 31, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
#battleofhanau #Hanau #Napoleon #coalitionwars In the night from the 30th to the 31th at 3 o’clock guns fired into the city. Shot after shot. Fires started. The fire continued until dawn. Then silence. Wrede drew the mass of the troops out of the city. In his report he justified it, that he tried to save the people. It is more realistic, that he didn‘t want to be closed in. The French entered the city in double quick. The civilians, who tried to save their houses and efface the fires tried to escape. So the houses burned down.
Oct 30, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
3 o’clock. Now Napoleon showed that he was still the strategic mastermind. Ten days after Leipzig! The french cavalry charged. Often, cavalry units start slowly, move faster an crash into the enemy with full speed. This time the imperial cavalry started suddenly in a „breathtaking“ speed. In three closed lines onto the allied artillery straight towards and through the fire of the bavarian main battery. In a short moment the french cavalry lines swinged southwards and charged into the allied infantry. The allied cavalry
Oct 30, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
#OTD #battleofhanau #Hanau #Napoleon In the morning of the 30th Napolen stayed in Langenselbold until 8. MacDonald hindered the french troops to commit crimes and to maraud the civilian houses. After the french general-staff had left Langenselbold, it was pillaged totally also the castle. The bavarian and austrian divisions went in formation north of the river Kinzig. On the far left wing the cavalry was postioned in „en echelon“ formation.
Oct 29, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
#OTD #battleofhanau #Hanau #Napoleon #bavaria #austria #oesterreich #befreiungskriege #coalitionwars In the night of the 29th Octobre Bonaparte rested in the castle of Langenselbold. It had been ten days since Leipzig and 310 km of march. 30 km the day meant Image sometimes a rest but marching all the day. For some soldiers like Marshal MacDonald it had been a wet start since Leipzig, where many soldiers had to swim through the river since the bridge was blewn up too early. Only a small part of those, who swam, still had their arms.
Oct 28, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
#Napoleon #Hanau 1813. After his defeat in Leipzig, the rest of Napoleon‘s troops tried to reach Frankfurt am Main. For those who escaped the murderous onslaught and reached the fields behind the river Elster, it wasn’t the end. The retreating French forces were under Image attack and involved in smaller skirmishes. Behind the Saale the skirmishes became harmless for bigger detachments. The allied forces didn‘ t follow Napoleon in a speed to become a threat for the Emperor. The grand armee was able to resupply on its way to Hanau in towns like Image
Dec 5, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
#frederickthegreat #friedrichdergroße #prussia #sevenyearswar #OTD #Leuthen 1757 13:00 Now a loud call breaks the silence. „Vorwärts Marsch!“ No pity. Raise the flags of the king and the the regiments. Then silence is absolute over. At first the drums and then the fifes. The sound of the lockstep. In oblique order, the right wing at first. Major-General Wedel takes the lead. The every next Regiment left of the first, 50 paces behind the other.
Dec 3, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
#OTD #Frederickthegreat #friedrichdergrosse #preussen #prussia On the 3rd of December the king ordered his generals to him. His speech was the famous Parchwitz address. „[…]Against all rules of the art of war, I will attack an enemy, who is nearly three times superior in his numbers, who is entrenched on the higher ground. We have to dare this step or all is lost. We have to beat the enemy or we are buried before his batteries. In this situation, in which I am, it’s about victory or death!
Dec 3, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
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Dec 3, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
#frederickthegreat #friedrichdergroße #prussia #sevenyearswar 09:00 Artillery-units reach Parchwitz. It‘s cold and some snow falls in small and soft flakes. Only small fires are allowed. Some Grenadier‘s melt water to get a hot drink. Salted meat and bread from the day before. They are a bit excited. Their king has already awaken. Where he rides, you hear a „viva“! Not loud, but they trust their king. When he is in the lead, there surely be a victory. Seydlitz is here. Famous cuirasses leader of Rossbach. And the 5th dragoons.