Napoleon's Double Knock-Out Punch

Shosenberg, James W.
October 2006
Military History;Oct2006, Vol. 23 Issue 7, p22
The article focuses on the events surrounding October 14, 1806 at Jena, involving the war between Prussia, under King Friedrich Wilhelm III and France, under emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. In July 1806, Wilhelm feared war with France and tried to forestall pressure from the growing war party in his government, one of whose leaders was Queen Louise von Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Each of the two French achievements on October 14 bore its distinctive stamp. At Jena, Napoleon won a battle he could not lose, wrote historian Francois-Guy Hourtoulle, adding that At Auerstädt, Davout won a battle he could not win.


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