Napoleon Series Archive 2014

Re:Aster on the devastation of the right Elbe bank

It is from Odeleben's Relation circonstanciée de la campagne de 1813 en Saxe , French translation) both volumes available on gallica.

"Les ordres inhumains donnés par Bonaparte aux commandans de ce corps, n'ont pas été exécutés,du moins des par une grande partie généraux qui pensaient mieux que lui. D'après ces ordres, on aurait dû emporter tout le bétail, brûler les bois, détruire les arbres fruitiers et toute autre espèce de nourriture, de manière que la partie de la Saxe située sur la rive droite de l'Elbe serait devenue un désert affreux. Tout avait été presque entièrement anéanti; et la marche des alliés, qui avançaient rapidement, empêchait souvent les Français, qui encore occupaient les environs de Dresde, d'achever la destruction de la Saxe orientale."

According to this it was the 26/27 September when the French abandoned the right bank of the Elbe.

I don't think we can accept this as evidence unless someone can trace the order but Odeleben has a lot to say about the way the French army behaved in friendly territory and it's attitude towards the allied troops - and it is not good. I recommend reading it.

The curious thing is that Odeleben is quoted for his account of the organisation of Napoleon's HQ and similar oddments by pro Napoleon writers who have either not read the whole work or have chosen to ignore the unpleasant bits.

regards,

Susan

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