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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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“No other book in English . . . discusses the two campaigns conducted by Napoleon in North Germany . . . in as much scope.”Journal of Military History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806146560
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series , #1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations VII
Preface IX
1. France and Prussia 3
2. The Sixth Coalition 28
3. The Defense of Berlin 55
4. Luckau 70
5. Muskets, Saddles, and Shoes 89
6. Axes, Spades, and Water 104
7. Plans and Preparations 120
8. Opening Moves 141
9. Gross Beeren 160
10. The Politics of Dissension 177
11. Dennewitz 189
12. At the Rubicon 212
13. Crossing the Rubicon 229
14. Leipzig 256
Conclusion 278
Notes 299
Bibliography 357
Index 371
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