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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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Clash of Titans

Clash of Titans


(p.266) Chapter 11 Clash of Titans
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

Aspern and Essling had given Napoleon a great shock. An army he had come to underestimate had proven capable of inflicting a substantial defeat on the Grande Armée. The Archduke Charles had tried out his new reformed war machine and it had been effective. While against any other general the Austrian army would have undoubtedly prevailed, it would have its work cut out against the greatest soldier of the time, as the following weeks would demonstrate. This chapter discusses the Battle of Wagram, one of the epic encounters to unfold on the stage of the Napoleonic Wars. With more than 300,000 men deployed it was, in 1809, the largest battle ever to have been fought in history. Like Aspern, it raged for the best part of two days and, as in that battle, all three arms of the Habsburg army fought superbly, making it a much closer contest than Napoleon ever expected.

Keywords:   Austrian army, Napoleon, Austria, France, Grande Armée, Battle of Wagram, Napoleonic Wars, Habsburg army

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