Napoleon Series Archive 2005

Re: The Decline And Fall Of Napoleon's Empire

Marc,

What 'trap' did he fall into in Russia? The Russian army certainly didn't set one for him, and there is no evidence that their plan was to lure him deep into Russia. There is speculation for that, but as the Russian initial plans for the campaign fell apart rather quickly, I doubt that they came up with anything comprehensive with what they wanted to do.

In 1813 Napoleon was urged and advised to bring at least half of the veterans from Spain to central Europe. Had he done that, Prussia and Russia (the latter as beat up as the French) could have been dealt with much more quickly and Austria probably would have remained neutral with their decisive defeat. Austria coming in on the side of the allies in 1813 was decisive.

Sincerely,
Kevin

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