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Marengo 1800: Napoleon's Day of Fate (Praeger Illustrated Military History Series)
     

Marengo 1800: Napoleon's Day of Fate (Praeger Illustrated Military History Series)

by David Hollins
 

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Having returned from Egypt and seized power as First Consul, Napoleon led the Army of the Reserve against the Austrian Army besieging Genoa. After a period of skirmishing and maneuvering, Melas, the Austrian commander, launched a surprise attack on the morning of June 14, 1800. The attack initially drove the French back to Marengo village and, despite committing

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Having returned from Egypt and seized power as First Consul, Napoleon led the Army of the Reserve against the Austrian Army besieging Genoa. After a period of skirmishing and maneuvering, Melas, the Austrian commander, launched a surprise attack on the morning of June 14, 1800. The attack initially drove the French back to Marengo village and, despite committing the Consular Guard, by 3pm the French were retreating. Believing he had won, the wounded Melas left the field to his Chief-of-Staff, Zach. The timely arrival of Desaix's Division led by Kellerman's cavalry and the 9e Legere threw the Austrians into confusion, turned the battle in Napoleon's favor, thus securing his position as First Consul and ensuring French dominance of the continent for the next decade.

Having returned from Egypt and seized power as First Consul, Napoleon led the Army of the Reserve over the Alps against the Austrian Army besieging Genoa. After a period of skirmishing and manoeuvring, Melas, the Austrian commander, launched a surprise attack on the morning of 14 June, having deceived Napoleon as to his intentions through the use of a double agent. The attack initially drove the French back to Marengo village and, despite committing the Consular Guard, by 3pm the French were retreating. Believing he had won, the wounded Melas left the field to his Chief-of-Staff, Zach. The timely arrival of Desaix's Division led by Kellerman's cavalry and the 9e Legere threw the pursuing Austrians into confusion, turned the battle in Napoleon's favour, thus securing his position as First Consul. It could have been very different.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275986254
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Praeger Illustrated Military History Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID HOLLINS is a frequent contributor to specialist Napoleonic magazines and has written a number of books related to the Imperial Army and Archduke Charles.

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