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1812

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1813 1814 The Eagle's Return 1815

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!

Beware :
                                                    - 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 :
              07/06/1800 Unterhausen
              03/12/1800 Hohenlinden
            - in Austria :
              19/12/1800 Lambach
              Pass Strub
 

Le Camp de Boulogne

 

- Third Coalition (1805)

- 1805 Campaign:

- in Bavaria :
 

06-07/10/1805 Donauwörth
09/10/1805 Augsburg
11/10/1805 Haslach
11/10/1805 Jungingen

14/10/1805 Elchingen
15/10/1805 Ulm


- in the Tyrol :
31/10/1805 Pass Lueg,
02-03/11/1805 Pass Strub
05/11/1805 Amstetten
04/11/1805 Scharnitz
04/11/1805 Leutasch
08/11/1805 Kufstein

- in Austria :
31/10/1805 Lambach
10/11/1805 Melk
11/11/1805 Dürrenstein
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:
            09/10/1806 Schleiz
            10/10/1806 Saalfeld
            14/10/1806 Jena
            14/10/1806 Auerstaedt

            - more in the north of Germany : not yet
            - Maida

           
- 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) :

 

Conférence1809

 

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 :
19/04/1809 Teugn-Hausen
19/04/1809 Dunzling
19-20/04/1809 Ratisbonne
20/04/1809 Abensberg
21/04/1809 Landshut,
21-22/04/1809 Eckmühl
23/04/1809 Ratisbonne

- in Austria :
03/05/1809 Ebelsberg
05-17/05/1809 Linz
21-22/05/1809 Aspern-Essling
05-06/07/1809 Wagram
09/07/1809 Hollabrunn
10/07/1809 Schöngraben

- in Czechia : 
11-12/07/1809 Znaïm

- in Slovakia :
Bratislava/Pressburg

- in Hungary :
Györ/Raab

- in the Tyrol :
01/05/1809 Pass Lueg
04-05/05/1809 Pass Lueg
11/05/1809 Pass Strub
11/05/1809 Kufstein
13/05/1809 Wörgl
25+29/05/1809 Hall, Bergisel
26/05/1809 Innsbruck
13/08/1809 Bergisel
05/07/1809 Sachsengang
24/07/1809 Pass Lueg
13/08/1809 Bergisel
14/08/1809 Innsbruck
Birgitz, Sankt-Johann, Kirchdorf, Waidring.
25/09/1809 Pass Lueg
01/11/1809 Bergisel

- in Germany:
05/05/1809 Dodendorf

- in Italy (Tyrol) :
11/04-08-09/08/1809 Sterzing
08-09/08/1809 Sterzing
25/11/1809 Sankt-Leonhard
Tiroldorf, Meran

- rest of Italy : nothing

- Sixth Coalition (1812-1814)

- Campaign of 1812 : the bicentenary of the campaign

Kaunas

Vilnius

Vitebsk

14/08/1812 : Krasnoë (1st battle)(

17-18/08/1812 : Smolensk

19/08/1812 :Valoutina-Gora
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
03-04-05/04/1813 Möckern-Dannigkow
13/04/1813 Bad Langensalza,
29/04/1814 Merseburg
01/05/1813 Rippach
01/05/1813 Weissenfels
02/05/1813 Lützen/Grossgörschen
19/05/1813 Eichberg/Weissig/Königswartha
20-21/05/1813 Bautzen/Würschen
22/05/1813 Reichenbach
26/05/1813 Haynau (Pol)
27/05/1813 Liegnitz
28/05/1813 Glogau (Pol)
04/06/1813 Luckau
14/06/1813 Reichenbach
17/06/1813 Kleinschkorlopp/Kitzen

- Summer/Autumn campaign:
18-23/08/1813 Bober
21/08/1813 Kruszin
21-22/08/1813 Bunzlau (Pol)
22+27-28/08/1813 Pirna
22/08/1813 Löwenberg (Pol)
23/08/1813 Goldberg (Pol)
23-25/08/1813 Grossbeeren
26-27/08/1813 Dresden
26/08/1813 Gadebusch
26/08/1813 Krietzschwitz
24-26/08/1813 Katzbach (Pol)
27/08/1813 Belzig
27/08/1813 Hagelberg
28/08/1813 Löbau
29-30/08/1813 Kulm (Cz)
29/08/1813 Löwenberg (Pol)
01/09/1813 Glogau (Pol)
04/09/1813 Löwenberg (Pol)
05/09/1813 Gadegast
06/09/1813 Dennewitz
08/09/1813 Dohna
09/09/1813 Ebersdorf,
14/09/1813 Nollendorf 
03/10/1813 Wartenburg

14-19/10/1813 battle of Leipzig

14/10/1813 Liebertwolkwitz
16/10/1813 Wachau
16/10/1813 Möckern
16/10/1813 Lindenau
18/10/1813 Leipzig
19/10/1813 Leipzig

21/10/1813 Bad Kösen
22/10/1813 Eckartsberga
30/10/1813 Hanau
31/12/1813-01/01/1814 Kaub

- sieges :
Glogau, Hamburg

- in Eastern France :
21/12/1813 Huningue
24+31/12/1813 Ste-Croix-en-Plaine

- in Italy :
nothing 


- 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 :
18/01/1814 Choignes
23/01/1814 Tournus
27/01/1814 Saint-Dizier
29/01/1814  Brienne-le-Château
01/02/1814 La Rothière
02/02/1814 Rosnay-l'Hôpital
02/02/1814 Lesmont
02/02/1814 Piney
02-05/02/1814 Clérey
03-08/02/1814 Châtillon
08/02/1814 Chalon-sur-Saône
07-09/02/1814 Nogent-sur-Seine
10/02/1814 Champaubert  
11/02/1814 Montmirail
11/02/1814 Sens
12/02/1814 Château-Thierry
14/02/1814 Vauchamps  
16/02/1814 Guignes
17/02/1814 Nangis
17/02/1814 Mormant
17/02/1814 Valjouan
18/02/1814 Villeneuve-les-Bordes
18/02/1814 Montereau-Fault-Yonne
18/02/1814 Moret-sur-Loing
20-22/02/1814 Nogent-sur-Seine
24/02/1814 Bar-sur-Aube
24-28/02/1814 Lusigny-sur-Barse
25/02/1814 Magny-Fouchard
26-27/02/1814 Bar-sur-Aube  
27/02/1814 Meaux
27/02/1814 Dolancourt
29/02/1814 Dolancourt

02/03/1814 Mesnil-Saint-Père
02/03/1814 Bar-sur-Seine
02/03/1814 Fère-Champenoise
03/03/1814 Laubressel
03/03/1814 La Guillotière
03/03/1814 Thennelières
03/03/1814 Bézu-St-Germain
04/03/1814 Fismes
04/03/1814 Montfaucon
05/03/1814 Berry-au-Bac
07/03/1814 Craonne
08-09-10/03/1814 Chavignon
09-10/03/1814 Laon
13/03/1814  Reims  
14/03/1814 Berry-au-Bac
19/03/1814 Châtillon
20-21/03/1814 Arcis-sur-Aube
24/03/1814 Doulevant  
25/03/1814 Fère-Champenoise
26/03/1814 Saint-Dizier
30/03/1814 Paris  
30/03/1814 Sens
31/03/1814 Paris

01/04/1814 Belfort


- in South-Western France: - 1814 :
16/01/1814 Molins de Rey
23-26/02/1814 siege of Bayonne
27/02/1814 Pau - Orthez
14/04/1814 Bayonne
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
12/06/1815 Laon
13/06/1815 Avesnes
14/06/1815 Beaumont
15/06/1815 Gilly
15/06/1815 Charleroi
16/06/1815 Quatre-Bras
16/06/1815 Ligny
18/06/1815 Waterloo
18-19/06/1815 Wavre
19/06/1815 Maubert
20/06/1815 Nivelles, Namur
 

- in the Vendée:
03/06/1815 Les Mathes
03/06/1815 Les Sables d'Olonne
20/06/1815 Rocheservière

- en France :
01/07/1815 Rocquencourt
30/06-12/08/1815 Condé + a few other sieges : Huningue (15-26/08/1815),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)
 

Bibliography:

 

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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