- Dec 2011
... and he won. A decisive victory that sent Napoleon into exile. Charles won, but it wasn't decisive, with the result that Napoleon himself scored the decisive victory a few weeks later at Wagram. A victory that forced Austria to cede Croatia, Carniola, Trieste, Carinthia and Galicia and pay 100 million Francs in indemnity.Well obviously both generals chose the ground to make their stand. As far as I can tell the stand by the river was deliberate. I don't think Wellington had far to go to reach the Rhine, if he had preferred that. Instead he chose elevated ground.