In the Emperor's footsteps...
...and in mine!
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Why this title? Because I wanted to indicate which battlefields I already visited, to give a better idea of the situation and of the pictures of memorials I have. The battlefields I have already visited are mentioned in yellow and, if there is something on this website, the links are in white and those I have not (yet) visited are indicated in red . You'll quickly understand that I only show you here a very small part of what I have. Not speaking of other subjects: the French-German war of 1870-71 (already more than 3.000 memorial listed, I have the intention of writing a book about it -later), WW1 and WW2, Frederic II's campaigns, etc... Beware, this table doesn't mention everything, I have probably forgotten to mention many smaller battles.
You should also know that I not only take pictures of memorials, but also - and I could also say, above all- of the battlefields themselves. Indeed, more and more often, and at an accelerating pace, these battlefields are destroyed by a galloping urbanisation: housing development, industrial estates, etc... destroy these historic places forever. Europe - unfortunately - is not the United States, where many Civil War battlefields are protected. In Europe, only one battlefield is protected, the one at Waterloo, and in a very imperfect way : just look at what is done there, or what has been done, to see how badly the law is respected, and only a part of the battlefield is protected...
So I try, as well as I can, to take a maximum number of pictures of these places, to better understand how these battles took place and where the troops stood. These few thousand pictures and hundreds of hours of film will maybe remain some of the rare testimonies for the future. As an example of this, I just arrived one or two years too late for the battlefield of Vitoria, which is now a huge industrial estate where only a few bridges and churches stand as silent witnesses of yesterday's fighting . At Corunna, things aren't much better; you even have difficulties to find the small village of Elviňa in the middle of the university campus and the retail park. At Essling, I only found it a few preserved acres of the battlefield. Preserved, but for how long?
But not everything is that negative: at Teugn-Hausen (where the monument was only placed in 2009 !) the battlefield -including the woods- is miraculously preserved. There is not a single building to spoil the battlefield and it's just if Davout's soldiers have just left. The same for Craufurd's Light Brigade on the rio Coa!
So, if you want to see some battlefield or memorial, or if you want to ask a question, don't hesitate to contact me. But keep in mind but I can't always answer you at once, for professional or for other reasons, or because I have been asked some other biography.
Have a nice visit!
In order to better understand the coalition wars against revolutionary and imperial France :
Animation made by the French Army museum
- if there is no link for the battle itself, click on the general campaign link (in orange).
- More and more maps have clickable links which will lead you directly to the requested location.
[Out of subject :
- First Coalition (1793-1797) :
- Wars of the French Republic : (1792-1796):
- in Northern and Eastern France: quite a lot
- in Vendée : nearly exhaustively]
- First Italian campaign (1796-1797) : nothing
- Second Coalition (1798-1800) :
- in France :
1799 siege of Huningue
- Egyptian campaign (1798-1801) : nothing (apart from a few memorials in Israel)
- 1800 Campaign :
- in Italy (Second Italian campaign): nothing
- in Germany :
- in Austria :
Le Camp de Boulogne
- Third Coalition (1805)
- 1805 Campaign:
- in Bavaria :
- in the Tyrol :
31/10/1805 Pass Lueg,
02-03/11/1805 Pass Strub
- in Austria :
16/11/1805 Schöngraben, Hollabrunn
- 02/12/1805 Austerlitz : unfortunately not yet visited, but some maps and pictures taken by correspondents
26/12/1805 Peace of Pressburg (Bratislava)
- Fourth Coalition (1806-1807)
- 1806 Campaign:
- in Thuringia:
- more in the north of Germany : not yet
- 1807 Campaign: not much yet, but some maps and already a lot of pictures taken by correspondents
26/12/1806 : Pultusk
26/12/1806 : Golymin
01-05/1807 : Saalfeld (Zalewo)
07/02/1807 : Eylau
16/02/1807 : Ostrolenka
21/02 -01/04/1807 : Napoleon at Osterode (Ostróda)
02/04/1807 : Napoleon at the castle ofFinkenstein (Kamieniec)
06/06/1807 : Napoleon at Saalfeld (Zalewo)
10/06/1807 : Heilsberg
14/06/1807 : Friedland
- the Peninsular War (1807-1814)
- Fifth Coalition (1809)
- 1809 campaign: nearly exhaustively (apart from northern Germany and Italy)
You can download my lecture (in French) on the 1809 campaign here (+/- 2 hours) :
I can't present here the Powerpoint document of my lecture, because I don't own the right of the paintings and maps included. Nevertheless, I'll give a summary here as soon as possible.
- in Bavaria :
- in Austria :
- in Czechia :
- in Slovakia :
- in Hungary :
- in the Tyrol :
01/05/1809 Pass Lueg
04-05/05/1809 Pass Lueg
11/05/1809 Pass Strub
25+29/05/1809 Hall, Bergisel
24/07/1809 Pass Lueg
Birgitz, Sankt-Johann, Kirchdorf, Waidring.
25/09/1809 Pass Lueg
- in Germany:
- in Italy (Tyrol) :
- rest of Italy : nothing
- Sixth Coalition (1812-1814)
- Campaign of 1812 : the bicentenary of the campaign
14/08/1812 : Krasnoë (1st battle)(
17-18/08/1812 : Smolensk
17-18/08/1812 : Polotsk (1st battle)
20/08/1812 : Viasma
05-07/09/1812 : Borodino (the Moskowa)
18-19/10/1812 : Polotsk (2nd battle)
24/10/1812 : Malojaroslawetz
16-17-18/11/1812 : Krasnoë (2nd battle)
26-27-28/11/1812 : Borisov - the Berezina
12/1812-01/1813 : Vilnius
- War of 1812
24/12/1814 Treaty of Ghent
- 1813 campaign: nearly exhaustively
- Spring campaign:
13/04/1813 Bad Langensalza,
26/05/1813 Haynau (Pol)
28/05/1813 Glogau (Pol)
- Summer/Autumn campaign:
21-22/08/1813 Bunzlau (Pol)
22/08/1813 Löwenberg (Pol)
23/08/1813 Goldberg (Pol)
24-26/08/1813 Katzbach (Pol)
29-30/08/1813 Kulm (Cz)
29/08/1813 Löwenberg (Pol)
01/09/1813 Glogau (Pol)
04/09/1813 Löwenberg (Pol)
14-19/10/1813 battle of Leipzig
21/10/1813 Bad Kösen
- sieges :
- in Eastern France :
- in Italy :
- 1814 campaign in France : nearly exhaustively
The tourist tour : Napoleon 1814 : the most important places of the campaign of France in the departement of the Aube
- in the North-East :
01/02/1814 La Rothière
03/03/1814 La Guillotière
- in South-Western France: - 1814 :
16/01/1814 Molins de Rey
23-26/02/1814 siege of Bayonne
27/02/1814 Pau - Orthez
10/04/1814 Toulouse, Montferrand.
- in South-Eastern France: nothing
- the Return from Elba : le "Vol de l'Aigle" (the Flight of the Eagle) (march 1815) : the conquest of a throne without firing a single shot !
- Seventh Coalition (1815)
- 1815 campaign : (nearly) exhaustively (reachable starting from this link)
All the places of the 1815 campaign are included in the kmz-file 1815.kmz for GoogleEarth and in a zip-file of POI for the most common GPS GPS1815.zip.
- in Belgium:
March-beginning of June 1815
14/06/1815 Hestrud - Solre - Leers - Beaumont
15/06/1815 Thuillies - Jamioulx - Charleroi - Gilly - Brussels
20/06/1815 Nivelles, Namur
- in the Vendée:
03/06/1815 Les Mathes
03/06/1815 Les Sables d'Olonne
- in France :
30/06-12/08/1815 Condé, Valenciennes, Avesnes, Le Quesnoy, Marsal, Maubeuge, Landrecies, Neuf-Brisach...
In white : link towards the page
In yellow : already visited, but not online
In red: missing! (= not yet visited)
Alain CHAPPET - Roger MARTIN - Alain PIGEARD, Le Guide Napoléon, Bibliothèque Napoléonienne, Tallandier, 2005.
Alain PIGEARD, Dictionnaire des Batailles de Napoléon, Bibliothèque Napoléonienne, Tallandier, 2004.
Digby Smith, The Greenhill Napoleonic Wars Data Book – Actions and Losses in Personnel, Colours, Standards and Artillery, 1792-1815, Greenhill Books, London, 1998.
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