The Franco Austrian War Of 1809 Was Napoleon S Last Victorious War Napoleon Faced The Archduke Charles, The Best Of The Habsburg Commanders, And A Reformed Austrian Army That Was Arguably The Best Ever Fielded By The Danubian Monarchy The French Ultimately Triumphed But The Margin Of Superiority Was Decreasing And All Of Napoleon S Skill And Determination Was Required To Achieve A Victorious Outcome Gill Tackles The Political Background To The War, Especially The Motivations That Prompted Austria To Launch An Offensive Against France While Napoleon And Many Of His Veterans Were Distracted In Spain Though Surprised By The Timing Of The Austrian Attack On April 10th, The French Emperor Completely Reversed A Dire Strategic Situation With Stunning Blows That He Called His Most Brilliant And Most Skillful Maneuvers Following A Breathless Pursuit Down The Danube Valley, Napoleon Occupied The Palaces Of The Habsburgs For The Second Time In Four Years The Austrians Recovered, However, And Napoleon Suffered His First Unequivocal Repulse At The Battle Of Aspern Essling On The Shores Of The Danube Opposite Vienna He Would Win Many Battles In His Future Campaigns, But Never Again Would One Of Europe S Great Powers Lie Broken At His Feet In This Respect 1809 Represents A High Point Of The First Empire As Well As A Watershed, For Napoleon S Armies Were Declining In Quality And He Was Beginning To Display The Corrosive Flaws That Contributed To His Downfall Five Years Later. Solid little work on the politics and diplomacy that lead up to the Austrian Empire s decision to attack Napoleonic France and the initial stages of the war The coverage of the conflict in this volume is from 09 April 1809 when the Austrian army first crossed the frontier until shortly after the battles around Abensburg Eckmuhl Eggmuhl 20 22 April 1809.Some decent writing, not entirely sure why the author elected to split this book into three volumes as the first book is probably only 200 pages long in physical form The Kindle version reads fast I would have two complaints one, there is no overarching campaign map for the volume, which would be handy because many of the places, other than perhaps Regensburg and Munich, are small villages Second
Parts of this book are excellent and quite informative I learned a great deal about the reasons behind the 1809 Campaign, especially the mistakes made by the Austrians Their foreign minister, Stadion, was gung ho on war and he got it Napoleon, because of his desire to defeat Britain in the Peninsula, really did not seem to want a war with Austria then, but was not about to back down when the Austrians attacked.Of primary interest to me me was the Battle of Eggmuhl, which resulted in a victory for part of Marshal Davout s Third Corps At the end of the first book in the trilogy, the Austrians are dispirited as the Archduke Charles hopes to find a
Great book Looking forward to 2 Completed the first of this three volume series Gill does an excellent contrasting Austrian command and control with the French allies.
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- THUNDER ON THE DANUBE: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs
- John H. Gill
- 09 April 2019 John H. Gill