Eggmuhl 1809: Storm Over Bavaria

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In the spring of 1809, the Austrian army, buoyant and full of new-found patriotic fervor, rolled across the frontier with Bavaria. The time had come to exact revenge for the humiliating defeat suffered at Austerlitz. Napoleon was not in the front line when Austria had launched its campaign - and the French and their German allies blundered backwards and forwards across the Bavarian countryside. But, with the appearance of Napoleon, Archduke Charles lost the initiative, and ten days later, harassed by ceaseless ...

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In the spring of 1809, the Austrian army, buoyant and full of new-found patriotic fervor, rolled across the frontier with Bavaria. The time had come to exact revenge for the humiliating defeat suffered at Austerlitz. Napoleon was not in the front line when Austria had launched its campaign - and the French and their German allies blundered backwards and forwards across the Bavarian countryside. But, with the appearance of Napoleon, Archduke Charles lost the initiative, and ten days later, harassed by ceaseless rain, the Austrians were streaming back from the Abens river with Napoleon in hot pursuit. This volume covers the various clashes of this significant campaign, drawing upon previously unpublished Austrian primary sources.

In the Spring of 1809, the Austrian army, buoyant and full of new-found patriotic fervour, rolled across the frontier with Bavaria. The time had come to exact revenge for the humiliating defeat suffered four years earlier at Austerlitz. But ten days later, with their earlier determination washed away by the ceaseless rain, they were streaming back from the Abens river with Napoleon in hot pursuit. Napoleon had not been in the front line when Austria had launched its campaign. Under the control of Marshal Berthier the French troops and their German allies had blundered backwards and forwards across the Bavarian countryside. But with the appearance of Napoleon order was created where none had existed before and almost immediately Archduke Charles, commander of the Austrians, lost the initiative. Although defeated at Eggmuhl on 21 April, the Austrian army, remained intact and capable of action.

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IAN CASTLE is a founder member of the Napoleonic Association, and has written or co-written eight books.
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Table of Contents

The road to war, 1809 7
Opposing armies 9
Opening plans 14
Opening moves 17
Battle of Teugn-Hausen 23
The battle of Abensberg 40
The second battle of Landshut 47
The deluge : the battle of Eggmuhl 54
Battle of Eggmuhl (day 2) 66
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