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Re: Marshal MacDonald at the Battle of Wagram

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It has been criticized by many authors that MacDonald's advance on Wagram's second day, on July 6, 1809, was/is characteristically identified as an extreme example of Napoleon's increasing reliance upon great body of troops being massed during grand manoeuvres.

Marschal MacDonalds great body of troops at Wargram has been considered to be formed for various reasons, a monstrous formation due to unreliable morale during the battle, a square or variation of l’ordre mixte, a change in the French military system (doctrine) for the decline in quality of soldiers. It has even been suggested that Marschal MacDonald use this aged system of grande manoeuvres due to being less than an able General.

Nevertheless a cautious reading of MacDonald's post-battle reports and his memoir, force me to challenge this opinion. This is the point that I must proceed with prudence myself, because I do know that Susan is ready to act quite vigorous should I rely only on what MacDonald has stated from memory.

Without having to use conjecture we do know that MacDonald was preparing to assault the Austrian position along the Russbach when he received orders from the Emperor to redirect his advance. It is also safe to assume that the Archduke Carl had surprised Napoleon by launching an assault against the French left.

Right, at this time is there anyone who disagrees with this portion of my assessment?

Then I shall leave this posting as is, lest there is a disagreement, which I shall in turn respond to, or carry on with my posting

Best Regards
Art

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