Napoleonic Wars




 
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July 16th, 2004  
Lil Hulk 1988
 

Topic: Napoleonic Wars


What were the biggest mistakes that Napoleon made in his attempted domination of Europe?
July 16th, 2004  
SAINT
 
He underestimated England..
July 16th, 2004  
yurry
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HERO
He underestimated England..
And Russia
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July 16th, 2004  
SAINT
 
Agree.. I almost forgot WAR AND PEACE

July 16th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
I agree. His worst mistake was attempting a campaign against russia, despite having in some respects a superior force: The simple matter of logistics, length of battle front, the russian scorched earth policy, and winter environmental conditions his army wasnt prepared for all combined to hand him his hat and a defeat.

That, and the English all combined to defeat this little general.
August 11th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
His biggest mistakes were in spain and russia, mark has already said about the russian campaign but in spain the french seized power but could not defeat the spanish nationalism leading to the guerilla war, bad governing by one of napoleons brothers and marshal murat lead to the spanish generally fighting back!
August 12th, 2004  
IrishWizard
 
Russia easily and of course, Waterloo. Should of never fought that day, becuase of the rain which did not allow him to put his artillery in the position he wanted. Also, I remember hearing something about his cavalry being affected by something... anyone know? Other than that, I think Napoleon was a brilliant man. =/
August 12th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
At waterloo one of napoleons marshals let him down by not preventing the prussians from joining the battle and the same general proved out of his depth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wat...aterloo4.shtml
August 12th, 2004  
bush musketeer
 
 

Topic: russia


russia was a big factor out of the estimated 655,000 troops that crossed the vistula in 1812 only 93,000 came back. a loss to any army of around 562,000 men is going to leave huge gaps in experience. he brang back 250 artillery pieces from the 1300 he took there. and over 200,000 horses were lost. his cavalry was never as good after russia.
the *****ular war sapped reserves away when they might of been of use elsewhere.
at waterloo the rain effected his artillery greatly.
the only thing i can thing of that might of effected his cavalry was when NEY attacked the british center with it. 12 seperate cavalry charges were made between 4:00pm and 6:00. They attacked infantry who were formed in sqaure as well as artillery, they also recieved enfailaiding fire from La Haye Saint farm buildings and the Hougoumont estate.
in the final stages of the attacks Marshall Ney had led 77squadrons ; about 12,000 horsemen in what was thought to be one of the largest mass cavalry attacks of all time. 2/3 of the men in that charge were killed.
he did a very good job at destroying napoleons cavalry.
August 12th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
Ney was one of the main reasons napoleon struggled, he was not a good marshal, if davout or suchet had been at waterloo then the battle could of been a much different affair.