Napoleonic Wars - Page 2

August 12th, 2004  
The English manage to save themselves from a very messy situation by winning the Battle of Trafalgar, but the mighty Russian Generals Winter and Distance were his greatest undoing. Leipzig and Waterloo were made possible by what Russia did to Napoleon's armies. Without the invasion of Russia, Napoleon and his dominance most certainly would have lasted longer.
August 13th, 2004  
Very interesting facts about Ney man, thanks. Napoleon is classified as the top man whose personality is what brought him and his empire down. His greed for more land and power =/ Don't get me wrong though, he was a phenominal military leader and tactician. Napoleonic wars are fascinating to study, and what i noticed is how a few people said "if only (name) had been there" It reminded me of the theory about the 'Miracle Man' when us Americans talk about Thomas Jackson in the Civil War and if he had survived, would the south of won. Back to Napoleon though! heh
August 18th, 2004  
bush musketeer

Topic: waterloo

apparently one reason napoleon gave for going to russia was he needed more grazing land for cavalry, and waterloo ended pretty much as expected, the british army did some tests which were shown on the history channel over here that proved that the heavy rain made his artilley, very close to useless due to many of the cannonballs sinking in the mud and exploding with little effect. had he of had less prussians to deal with, better weather and more men it would of been quite interesting and perhaps closer finish?
August 25th, 2004  
Napoleon himself gave that answer.

It was not russia that defeated him. It was not England. He was defeated in his own words, by the Spanish ulcer. There is a book on that issue.

As far as I know, many of the soldiers of the Grand Armé sent to Russia, weren't even French. Many of them came from allied nations.

Unlike in the campaigns in Spain (which he conquered, but never dominated) and Portugal, (which he was never able to conquer at all), most of the soldiers were in fact french, because of the proximity.

No other place in Europe was so devastated as the Iberian Peninsula.

The Russian campaign, took some months and was a defeat. The Iberian peninsula took five years. There were victories and defeats, but no definitive victories, and no definitive defeats. When the British stepped in, and the allied armies started their advances, it was the begining of the end. Napoleon was defeated by the same thing that defeated Hitler. A war in two fronts.