Napoleon 1813: The Road to Leipzig
Napoleonic War • 25m
In 1813, following his disastrous invasion of Russia, Napoleon faced a desperate battle to save his empire. His enemies were gaining in strength, as Prussia and Sweden joined the Sixth Coalition against him, while Russian armies advanced across Poland and into Germany. The French Emperor worked miracles to raise a new Grande Armée of young conscripts, leading them to victory at Lützen and Bautzen. But Napoleon knew everything might ultimately depend on Austria - which side would his father-in-law, Austrian Emperor Francis I, chose to support? The matter would be settled after a fateful and ill-tempered meeting in Dresden between Napoleon and Austrian foreign minister von Metternich...
Special thanks to Alexander Averyanov for kind permission to use his paintings 'On the Frontier' & 'Horse Guards at the Battle of Borodino'. Royal Interior Image by Monoar Rahman Rony via Pixabay
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