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The Saxon Army 1810 - 13

By Howard Giles

Sketches by Geoff Gibbs

Editor's Note: This paper was first published as a pamphlet by the Napoleonic Association in 1979. Howard Giles has very generously given us permission to re-print it. It is reproduced in its entirety except for those parts that cover wargaming.

Mr Giles also has asked readers to note that although the information is accurate, when he wrote the booklet research into the Saxons was in its infancy and it later became clear that the size of the shakos in the drawings are exagerated, being rather smaller than shown.

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Introduction

This booklet covers the Saxon field army during the period of greatest French influence, from the pinance of its strength before the Russian campaign, through to the bitter fighting in Germany during 1813.

Saxon troops gallantly fought and died beside the French and their allies through the toughest campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars, and it is unfortunate that they are chiefly remembered for the mass defection of the 24th Dvision, for perfectly understandable reasons, at the battle of Leipzig.

This second edition has been produced to correct a small number of errors that found their way into the first. However, whilst all information herein has been written in good faith, some aspects of the subject have never been adequately confirmed by sources.

 

 

 

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: June 2001

 

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