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Re:Napoleon's Army->devastation of right Elbe bank
In Response To: Re: Napoleon's Army in Germany ()

"... When Napoleon heard about Wellington's retreat to Torres Vedras and his and the Portuguese's wastage of the land and resources, as well as the forced evacuation of the native population, he was very impressed. But when he was urged to do the same thing in Saxony in 1813, he refused as he believed it dishonorable to behave that way to an ally. ..."

Kevin,

Unfortunately this is not correct. I cite Aster: Die Gefechte und Schlachten bei Leipzig im October 1813, vol. I, pp. 51-52 ( http://books.google.de/books?id=n05DAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA51 ):
"Ein anderer Umstand der, den Haß der Sachsen gegen Napoleon vermehrte, war dessen [i. e. Napoleon's] Befehl, 'daß, bevor seine Truppen das rechte Elbufer verließen, alles Vieh der Bewohner mitgenommen, die Wälder verbrannt, die Fruchtbäume umgehauen und alle anderen Nahrungsquellen zerstört werden sollten, um diese Gegend möglichst von jedem Unterhaltsmittel zu entblößen und in eine Wüste zu verwandeln.'
Dieser Befehl ward in Beziehung auf das Vieh mit großer Strenge ausgeführt, wodurch die sächsischen Landleute ihre ganze Habe verloren, während die bessergesinnten französischen Corpsbefehlhaber die übrigen anbefohlenen Zerstörungen weniger beachteten."

The order of N. is from mid or end of September 1813 and can surely be located via Google.

Best regards, Thomas

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