Napoleon Series Archive 2015

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By the way, I asked you to provide a source for your claims of the scale of French casualties at Leipzig; do you have that yet?
I attach a section out of my book on the battle, which shows how estimates vary:

`The cost of the battle
The haul of prisoners and booty that fell into Allied hands was immense. Zelle (p.476) described it as follows:

The remnants of the Polish corps, 600 men — all that were left of seven regiments — laid down their arms. Their eagles and colours had been evacuated previously. Whole brigades and divisions surrendered. The commandant of Leipzig, General Bertrand [brother of the commander of IV Corps], went with seven other generals to the town hall to await his fate. A Pommeranian grenadier captured a heavily-bleeding General Lauriston. The 2nd Pommeranian Infantry Regiment accepted the surrender of eighteen colonels, 300 officers and 8,000 men. The 14th Prussian Infantry Regiment took Prinz Emil of Hessen, forty-seven officers and 2,170 men prisoner. Jäger Gaür accepted the sword of General Reynier.
The booty included 800 waggons, 130,000 muskets, 323 guns [other sources say 200], thirty generals, 3,000 officers and about 130,000 men. These latter included 2,500 of III Corps, 300 Würzburgers, 600 Westfalians, 3,000 Poles, 600 Saxons, 1,200 Badeners, 2,000 Hessians and about 3,000 from V, VI, VII and XI Corps. The greater part of XI Corps was already over the Elster bridge when it blew up.
Apart from this, there were over 20,000 sick and wounded in the town.

Again according to Zelle (p.477), the combat of 19 October cost the French 6,000 dead and wounded. III Corps lost 122 officers and 2,742 men dead and wounded and forty-seven guns; VI Corps lost 500 all ranks including twenty-four officers, of whom twenty were in Friedrich’s division; XI Corps lost fifty-seven officers and 1,200 men; the Poles 1,000; Durutte 200; and Lauriston fourteen officers and 200 men. ‘On the Allied side we know only that Borstell’s 5th Division of von Bülow’s III (Prussian) Corps, Army of the North, lost twenty-three officers and 860 men; Hessen Homburg’s 3rd Division scarcely fewer; Langeron at least 2,000; Sacken about the same; and Bennigsen about 1,000. This brings the Allied loss for the 19th to 7,000.’

Zelle continues:

As Napoleon had 309 guns and 120,000 men on 20 October, his total loss for the period from 14th–19th October (without counting the 20,000 sick and wounded in Leipzig) was 70,000 men — of these 50,000 dead and wounded — and 400 guns. About 5–6,000 deserted, 14,000 were captured. French sources give 19,300 dead and 33,800 wounded.
One marshal [Poniatowski] had been killed, and two others wounded, as were four commanding generals; five generals of division had been killed, seven wounded; ten brigadiers killed, thirty wounded; five adjutant commandants were killed, eight wounded. Colonels — nine killed, thirty-four wounded; field officers — thirty-five killed, 125 wounded.
The following generals — some wounded — were captured after the Elster bridge was destroyed:
French: Reynier and Lauriston, Arle, d’Aubry, d’Augeranville, Bertrand, Bony, Charpentier, Chassot, Harlet, d’Henin, Mandeville, Oppeln, Pierrot, Valory and Vissot.
Confederation of the Rhine: Prinz Emil von Hessen, the Markgraf von Baden, the Saxons von Gersdorf, von Zeschau and von Bose; von Jett, von Rauchhaupt, von Scheffer and von Stockhorn.
Poles: Axamitowski, Bronikowski, Grabowski, Kaminiecki, Krasinski, Rautenstrauch and Uminski.
Croats: Slivarich.
The Prussians lost at least 20,000 (Kleist lost 9,500, Bülow certainly more than 2,000, Yorck 7,400).
I thus assess the real Allied loss from 14th–19th October at 72,000 men (not counting about 4,000 prisoners). A French source gives 32,509 dead and 45,000 wounded. Ten generals were dead, nineteen wounded one captured.
In all, 120,000 lives must have been lost at Leipzig either directly or due to wounds [and sickness?].
One thing is sure, 40–50,000 bodies lay on the battlefield.

Official Allied lists show the following losses from 16–19 October (after the Austrian Kriegs-Archiv, Quistorp, and Plotho) and speak volumes for the relative efforts of the nations involved:

Officers Men
Russians 865 21,740
Prussians 498 15,556
Austrians 419 14,541
Swedes 12 203
Totals 1,794 52,040

Expressed by armies, the losses were as shown below:

Officers Men
Army of Bohemia 1,114 36,469
Army of Silesia 487 9,779
Army of Poland 70 3,000
Army of the North 123 2,792

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