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  Book 15, Chapter 4
The night before the battle of Jena, Napoleon slept on the heights of Landgrafenberg, whither he had led his army with incredible toil, and at four in the morning—it was an October morning—rode along the lines and addressed his soldiers in that stirring eloquence which he knew so well how to use.
The battle rested on his life; yet his personal presence at the points of danger was equally necessary to victory, and he seemed to forget he had a life to lose.
The battle of Eckmuhl, where he carried the title of Prince, was distinguished by one of the fiercest cavalry actions on record; and as described by Stuttenheim, Pelet, and others, must have been a magnificent spectacle.
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 The Prussian Army at Auerstadt: 14 October 1806
The Battle of Auerstadt is considered to be one of the best examples of corps-level tactics in military history.
Auerstadt demonstrated that a resourceful corps commander leading well-trained troops could, with a little luck, overcome a large numerical inferiority on the battlefield (other good example is GdI Reinhard von Scheffer-Boyadel’s successful withdrawal of XXV Reserve Corps east of Lodz on 24-26 November 1914).
The slow rate of the Prussian advance (due to staff inefficiency as well as severe troop congestion in the army’s rear area), the un-coordinated Prussian attacks and the serious wounding of Prussian army commander GFM Karl-Wilhelm-Ferdinand, Herzog von Braunschweig (with King Friedrich-Wilhelm III of Prussia’s subsequently failing to assume command) all worked in Davout’s favour.
www.napoleon-series.org /military/battles/auerstadt/c_auerstadtoob.html   (587 words)

 BRUNSWICK - LoveToKnow Article on BRUNSWICK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
At the battle of Hastenbeck he won great renown by a gallant charge at the head of an infantry brigade; and upon the capitulation of Kloster Zeven he was easily persuaded by his uncle Ferdinand of Brunswick, who succeeded Cumberland, to continue in the war as a general officer.
At the battle of Auerstadt the old duke was mortally wounded.
He was killed at the battle of Quatre Bras on the 16th of June 1815.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /B/BR/BRUNSWICK.htm   (4354 words)

 Napoleon in Germany - the campaigns of 1806 and 1813 battlefield tour
In a lightning campaign in October 1806, Napoleon split her armies and decisively defeated her at the twin battles of Jena and Auerstadt and relentlessly pursued her to the shores of the Baltic.
This afternoon we tour the field of Auerstadt, fought on the same day as Jena and visit the museum at Auerstadt, which is housed in the building which served as Prussian headquarters.
The “Battle of the Nations”, as it is known, was fought on a huge scale and cost over 100,000 casualties in total.
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 EYLAU (Preussisch-Eylau) - Encyclopedia Britannica - EYLAU (Preussisch-Eylau) - JCSM's Study Center
The battle was preceded by a severe general engagement on the 7th.
The ground was covered at the time of battle with deep snow, and all the lakes and marshes were frozen, so that troops of all arms could pass everywhere, so far as the snow permitted.
The battle died away at nightfall, Ney's corps being unable effectively to intervene owing to the steadiness of the Prussian detachment left to oppose him, and the extreme difficulty of the roads.
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 Military History Online
As Winston Churchill remarked, "Great battles change the entire course of events, create new standards of values, new moods, in armies and in nations." War sends major and minor shock waves through time affecting distant generations in ways unimaginable in the present.
The sea battle of Trafalgar fought in 1805 is strongly linked to memories of my school history lessons in 1951, a visit to the HMS Victory in Portsmouth in 1957 and a day spent in Cadiz in 1987.
Mainly because it was a battle between the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army and the CCF (Chinese Communist Forces).
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 New Bibliography of Additional War Poems - British War Poetry in the Romantic Age 1793-1815 - Electronic Editions - ...
or The Battle of the Nile!." W.T. Fitzgerald.
"The Spanish Patriot's Invocation on the Eve of Battle." T.G. Ingall.
"The Battle of Albuera; or Beresford and Victory!" William Thomas Fitzgerald.
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 Battle of Auerstadt : Napoleonic Wars : Marshal Davout : Napoleon Bonaparte
Battle of Auerstadt : Napoleonic Wars : Marshal Davout : Napoleon Bonaparte
Although overshadowed by Napoleon Bonaparte's nearby victory at Jena, Marshal Davout's stunning demolition of the main Prussian army - more than twice the size of his force - at Auerstadt, has to rate as one of the most brilliant military displays of modern history.
Davout ran into the Prussians while trying to cut the line of retreat of what Bonaparte had thought was the main enemy force.
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 Ferdinand von Schill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ferdinand Baptista von Schill (1776 - 1809), was a Prussian soldier who revolted unsuccessfully against French domination in May of 1809.
He was born in Saxony, and entered the Prussian cavalry at the age of twelve, he was still a subaltern of dragoons when he was wounded at the battle of Auerstadt.
From that field he escaped to Kolberg, where he played a very prominent part in the celebrated siege of 1807, as the commander of a volunteer force of all arms.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ferdinand_von_Schill   (403 words)

 Military History Online
In the Battle of Jena and the ensuing Battle of Auerstadt, fought north of the main body of Napoleon's Army, initiative played a critical role.
In the Battle of Jena, Napoleon exhibited his acumen for the art of war by manipulating the friendly and enemy situations on the battlefield to stage the campaign's decisive battle.
Napoleon's command at the Battle of Jena is a testament to his military mind on the tactical battlefield.
www.militaryhistoryonline.com /napoleonicwars/articles/mastersmisstep.aspx   (1424 words)

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The actual battle was an incredible seesaw of a thing, with the First Consul taken completely by surprise by the Austrian attack in the morning, sent reeling back, and only regaining control with a desperate counterattack late in the afternoon.
All this is covered in the game by a couple of special rules, one of which effectively forbids the French to attack anything on their first turn, while the other doubles the attack strength of the French army for a period of three moves (French player's choice) late in the game.
Jena-Auerstadt simulates both of the crucial battles of the 1806 campaign in a single game, with two battlefields displayed side by side and connected by a 'transit track' (an idea which seems to be borrowed from 'Bar Lev').
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 McNair Papers: Clausewitzian friction and future war.(Carl von... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Insufficiently trained for linear tactics in battle, they substituted a combination of free-firing skirmishers and dense columns of attack, first to wear down and then to overwhelm a defence that was in any case likely to be badly outnumbered.
It recalls the meaning Clausewitz originally attached to the term Friktion when he first used it in the 1806 letter written to Marie von Bruhl before the battle of Auerstadt--a meaning that is reiterated toward the end of the third paragraph in chapter 7.
However, it is not reasonable to equate this source of friction with chance in the sense of the unforeseeable accidents, the play of good luck and bad, that runs throughout the tapestry of war.
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 Entire PG Memoirs of Napoleon, The
The Duke of Brunswick, who was dangerously wounded at the battle of Auerstadt, arrived on the 29th of October at Altona.--[This Prince was in the seventy-second year of his age, and extremely infirm.]--His entrance into that city afforded a striking example of the vicissitudes of fortune.
That Prince entered Altona on a wretched litter, borne by ten men, without officers, without domestics, followed by a troop of vagabonds and children, who were drawn together by curiosity.
I asked him how I was to account for his conduct while he was with Davoust, who had left Nuremberg to attack the Prussian army; and whether it was true that he had refused to march with that general, and afterwards to aid him when he attacked the Prussians on the Weimar road.
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 Maidstone Wargamers Society Napoleonic Campaign   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Troops used in a battle are ranked in order of the importance of their role in the action.
The majority of battles are not fought by evenly matched armies, since the whole point of coming to battle is that one side has the other at a disadvantage as a result of strategic manoeuvre.
You have earned your place as a Duke in the Napoleonic Nobility for your stellar performance on the field of battle (at Auerstadt you crushed the Prussian army and covered your name in glory and honour) and are a commoner by birth.
www.brigademodels.co.uk /MWS/ClubGames/Napoleonics   (2198 words)

 Student Presentations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
He was captured by Napoleon at the battle of Auerstadt, in 1806, and was sent to France as a prisoner of war.
The sole purpose of this unremitting battle would be to reveal a winner, the decision being void of any political direction.
They include the belief in the culminating point of battle, which is reached when an army on the offensive overextends itself and becomes vulnerable to the enemy’s defence (a problem that Napoleon faced during his invasion of Russia).
www.stratnet.ucalgary.ca /courses/hist481/presentations/july13b.html   (1130 words)

 History Channel
At Auerstadt, Clausewitz took charge of a battalion, the largest command he ever held in combat.
Although a staff officer, Clausewitz acted as a field officer during the battle at Auerstadt and the retreat.
He studied Napoleon's battles and tried to view it in the context of all previous battles.
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It is extremely simple, plays fast and fun, yields itself to moderate chromage, but results in battles which look right (at least given the scale).
Also, I was never able to reproduce the double flanking attack this battle is famed for, against an able prussian opponent at least (maybe it is just hindsight?).
And the battle at Jena is a kludge too: just take one movement point off the French movement allowance and give it the Prussians.
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 History HUB | Anecdotes
For example, he ordered an attack across a heavily defended bridge, and sustained it for a number of hours, despite the fact that the river in question was fordable in several places close by.
At the battle of Auerstadt in 1806 he defeated a Prussian army three times the size of his own.
When the Emperor was informed that Davout was engaged, he began to prepare to march to his aid, only to be informed by the next messenger that there was no need as the victory was won without him.
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 Book 15
His Early Life and Character— His Campaigns in Italy— Battle of Castiglione— Battle of Arcola— Revolution of the 18th Fructidor— Charge at Eylau— His Traitorous Conduct and Disgrace.
Principle on which Napoleon chose his officers— Passage of Lodi— Battle of Montebello— Battle of Marengo— Siege of Saragossa— Battle of Aspern, and Death of Lannes.
His Early Career— Campaigns with Massena— His Character— Battle of Austerlitz— His First Campaign in Spain— Death of Sir John Moore— Storming of Oporto— Retreat from Portugal— Battle of Albuera— Second Campaign in Spain— Siege of St. Sebastiani— Soult's last Struggle for the Empire.
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 CHAPTER VI - 1806
Hostilities commenced on the 10th of October 1806 between France and Prussia, and I demanded of the Senate that a stop should be put to the Prussians recruiting.
The truth is, Marshal Brune, during his government, constantly endeavoured to moderate, as far as he could, the severity of the orders he received.
Bernadotte became Governor of Hamburg when the battle of Jena rendered Napoleon master of Prussia and the north of Germany.
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Napoleon wished to dictate his conditions before the issue of a battle the success of which might appear doubtful to the young Emperor of Russia, and these conditions were such as he might impose when victory should be declared in favour of our eagles.
It must be clear to every reflecting person that by always proposing what he knew could not be honourably acceded to, he kept up the appearance of being a pacificator, while at the same time he ensured to himself the pleasure of carrying on the war.
As to the battle itself, I can describe it almost as well as if I had witnessed it, for some time after I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Rapp, who was sent an a mission to Prussia.
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 MWwk2Napoleon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Battles of Eylau (8 Feb 1807) and Friedland (June 7)
Battle of Cape St. Vincent, 14 February 1797
The Battles of Quatre Bras and Ligny (7-16 June)
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 9913 Brunswick Hussar,1809-15 hobby kit by Valiant Miniatures!
The Field Marshal, Karl, Duke of Brunswick, overall commander of the Prussian Army was killed at the battle of Auerstadt.
With the outbreak of war between France and Austria in 1809, Friedrich organized a "Free-Corps" for the Austrian Army.
At Quatre Bras, the Brunswickers were in the thick of the battle.
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Below are a short selection of reports from various Republique battles.
Battle of Luckenwald · Davout vs The Russians (all of them) · Stuck on a Limb
Prussian and French Orders of Battle for the day of October 14, 1806.
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 Memoirs of General Baron de Marbot - Chapter 30
The battle began immediately and the first lines of the Prussians and Saxons, commanded by Prince Hohenlohe, were forced to retreat.
The French, after emerging from the narrow pass of Kosen, formed up near the village of Hassenhausen; it was here that the real battle took place, because the Emperor was mistaken when he thought that he had before him at Jena the king and the bulk of the Prussian army.
The following year Napoleon created Davout Duke of Auerstadt, although he had fought less there than in the village of Hassenhausen; but the King of Prussia had had his headquarters at Auerstadt, and the Prussians had given this name to the battle which the French called the battle of Jena.
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 BRUNSWICK, KARL WILHELM FERDINAND, DUKE OF (1735-18o6) - Encyclopedia Britannica - BRUNSWICK, KARL WILHELM FERDINAND, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 18o6, at the personal request of Queen Louise of Prussia, he consented to command the Prussian army, but here again the presence of the king of Prussiaand the conflicting views of numerous advisers of high rank proved fatal.
Carried for nearly a month in the midst of the routed Prussian army he died at last on the loth of November 18o6 at Ottensen near Hamburg.
His son and successor, FRIEDRICH WILHELM (1771-I815), who was one of the bitterest opponents of Napoleonic domination in Germany, took part in the war of 1809 at the head of a corps of partisans; fled to England after the battle of Wagram, and returned to Brunswick in 1813, where he raised fresh troops.
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 Timeline of the Napoleonic Wars
20 September: Battle of Valmy, the revolution endures.
15-16 October: Battle of Wattignies, French relieve Maubeuge and close road to Paris.
16 April: Battle of Mount Tabor; Turkish army attempting to relieve Acre is defeated.
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 Working Dogs Book Store - The Iron Marshal: A Biography of Louis N. Davout (John G. Gallaher)
Balding, grim, wearing special combat glasses that fastened at the back of his head as he was hearsighted, his titles, Duke of Auerstadt and Prince of Eckmuhl, were for battles he won on his own.
He led the best trained troops in the Grande Armee, 'and usually got the hardest assignments.' John Gallaher has told his story with accuracy, wit, and near-faultless research, from his beginnings as an unruly junior officer to the end of the Empire and his retirement.
Davout fought in numerous campaigns from Egypt to Russia and was successful always, his most famous battle being at Auerstadt.
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 Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm von Lützow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Ludwig Adolf Wilhelm Freiherr von Lützow (1782–1834) was a Prussian lieutenant general notable for his organization and command of a Freikorps of volunteers during the Napoleonic Wars.
He first entered the army in 1795, and eleven years later as a lieutenant took part in the disastrous battle of Auerstadt.
He then achieved distinction in the siege of Colberg, as the leader of a squadron of Schill's volunteers.
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