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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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From Znaim to Leipzig

From Znaim to Leipzig

(p.279) Chapter 12 From Znaim to Leipzig
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events following the Austrian army's defeat at Wagram. For the Austrian army, the defeat had been anything but traumatic. In many instances they had fought even better than they had at Aspern and Essling, proving that they had improved their abilities considerably since the days of Ulm and Austerlitz. Despite the French's “great victory” they were too exhausted to offer immediate pursuit; the Austrians captured more trophies and standards than the French. Most important of all, the Austrians had retreated with their army intact. True to his House and his cause, the Archduke Charles fought carefully so that his army could, in extremis, live to fight another day. Nonetheless, he prepared to mount a strong rearguard action at Znaim in Moravia, and to that end he drew up his reserve in a solid semicircle around the small Moravian town. The remainder of the chapter discusses the Battle of Leipzig and the defeat of the French.

Keywords:   Austrian army, Napoleon, Austria, France, Battle of Wagram, Archduke Charles, Monrovia

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