Napoleon and the Archduke Charles

A History of the Franco-Austrian Campaign in the Valley of the Danube 1809

F Loraine Petre

Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Series :
Napoleonic Library
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473882652
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The Archduke Charles was the most formidable of Napoleon’s continental foes but only once came into direct conflict with him: this was in the 1809 Franco-Austrian campaign in the Danube Valley.

Smarting from Austria’s humiliations in 1805, the Archduke launched a surprise attack upon the French whilst Napoleon was occupied in distant Spain. Outnumbered, the French faced disaster but, with typical energy and decisiveness Napoleon arrived just in time. In five days of marching and fighting he repulsed the Austrians at Abensburg and Eckmühl. The road to Vienna was now open and he pushed on but he underestimated his enemy, being thrown back by the Archduke Charles as he tried to cross the Danube.

Failing to follow up his success, the Archduke hesitated too long and when Napoleon attempted to cross the river a second time, at the Battle of Wagram, he succeeded.

F. Loraine Petre’s penetrating analysis of this pivotal campaign was first published in 1909 on the centenary of the great conflict, to become one of his celebrated series of works on Napoleon’s wars.

About The Author

Francis Loraine Petre, who was born in 1852, was a British civil servant in India before becoming a distinguished military historian and student of Napoleonic tactics and strategy. He wrote five important studies, including the present volume, which have enjoyed enthusiastic popularity since the time of their writing.

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