Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Re: Berthier and the bridges, 17 Oct 1813.

That is another hindsight remark by Macdonald. 20/20 hindsight by a subordinate is always an iffy proposition. I wonder what others might say of Macdonald disobeying orders not to cross the Katzbach in 1813? That was a court-martial offense.

Napoleon taking a calculated risk as a commander is perfectly acceptable and many times rear guards are sacrificed in critical situations in order to get the main body away. Being a commander at any level means that you have to be willing to make the hard decisions. If not, you have no business being the commander.

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