So, I would like to start a conversation on the Battle of Leipzig. I believe it was the largest battle in the world prior to World War I and thus bigger than Waterloo. I believe it is also one of the most important battles in the Napoleonic Wars as the victory lead to abdication of Napoleon and his exile to Elba.
And yet, at least in English texts (and thus from British and American historians), it is often ignored. I believe that part of the reason for this is that the British were not involved in this battle and therefore its significance is not stressed. Also, some may claim that the result was a foregone conclusion given Napoleon's failed invasion of Russia.
But I would suggest that it is very important. Marshall Ponitowski, one of Poland's greatest generals and a massively important ally of the French was killed during the battle. Also, the battle finally united the other great powers in central and eastern Europe against Napoleon.
I must confess that I am somewhat biased about this battle as one of my relatives was involved on the Prussian side. He served as a cavalry officer in a unit of uhlans, although unfortunately I don't know his unit number or really anything else about his involvement except for a story that has been passed down through the family about his favorite horse having its lower jaw shot off during the battle.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on the significance of the Battle of Leipzig? Am I completely off-base on its importance? Why is it not emphasized more in English sources?
And any information anyone has about the Prussian military in the battle and specifically units of uhlans would be much appreciated.