What do you think was Napoleon's most impressive battlefield victory?

What do you think was Napoleon's most impressive battlefield victory?

  • Arcole (1796)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Rivoli (1797)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • The Pyramids (1798)

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • Abukir (1799)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mount Tabor (1799)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Marengo (1800)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Austerlitz (1805)

    Votes: 19 59.4%
  • Jena (1806)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Friedland (1807)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Wagram (1809)

    Votes: 4 12.5%
  • Borodino (1812)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dresden (1813)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Château-Thierry (1814)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vauchamps (1814)

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Ligny (1815)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    32
Sep 2016
804
Georgia
#2
Am I the only one who finds Napoleon's operational maneuvers and campaigns more impressive than his battles ?
1796 - 1797 campaign in Italy
Napoleon fooling his enemies with fake reserve army, crossing the Alps and creating the trap for Melas by encircling Austrian army on strategic level in Northern Italy in 1800
Ulm campaign in 1805
Fooling Russians and Austrians by retreating and pretending to be scared and weak.
Using ,, Le Bataillon Carre '' against Prussians in 1806 and outflanking them.
There were few great ideas and plans during 1807 campaign against Russians under Bennigsen. Though they weren't successful due to various reasons. For example, Napoleon created a trap for Russians in the beginning of the winter 1807. Bennigsen had no idea that he was moving towards his doom. However, Russians caught one of the messengers with letter to Bernadotte, where next actions to be taken by other corps and Bernadotte were described. Bennigsen understood everything and quickly retreated.
1809 Danube campaign where Napoleon turned around the situation and forced Archduke Charles to retreat fast.
1814 Six Days campaign in France. That was brilliant.

As for battles. I would pick Friedland and Wagram, besides Austerlitz.

At Friedland Napoleon quickly judged the positions of the Russians and qualities of the terrain. Recognized great weaknesses of Russian disposition that were caused by the terrain. The main attack was to be delivered against the Russian left, which Napoleon saw at once to be cramped in the narrow tongue of land between the river and the Posthenen mill-stream.

At Wagram Napoleon managed to deal with few critical situations that occurred for French during the battle. They were dangerous. Particularly when Klenau was going to outflank and envelope French with his Corps. Napoleon did not want to commit his valuable, fresh infantry reserves just yet, so he ordered Masséna to break contact with the enemy and take his IV Corps southwards and attack the Austrian VI Korps. Executing such a manoeuvre required great skill and incurred high risks, as it meant that Masséna's men would have to move in vulnerable march column formations, through a sector with numerous enemy infantry, cavalry and artillery. The departure of these troops also meant that an enormous gap would open up in the French line, which the Emperor ingeniously intended to fill by forming an enormous grand battery, which would check enemy advance in this sector through a sustained artillery barrage. This required time and, with the Austrians from III Korps menacingly moving forward, Napoleon counted on Maréchal Bessières's cavalry to allow Masséna to disengage and the grand battery to deploy.
 
Aug 2015
2,359
uk
#5
If he'd finished off Blucher at Ligny then that, considering the way he split manoevered into position before the battle.

Otherwise it has to be his return from Elba when he met Ney and the French force sent to bring him back to Paris in an iron cage at Auxerre. Truly shows the magic charisma of the man.
 
Nov 2011
4,657
Ohio, USA
#6
You have to choose between Chateau - Thierry and Vauchamps
It's honestly kind of pointless to separate the 2, considering they were essentially a part of the same operation.

I will actually say Wagram more even than Austerlitz, since he was facing far more competent opposition. The cool measures he had to take to fix his and Bernadotte's initial errors were quite impressive.
 
Nov 2011
4,657
Ohio, USA
#7
You have to choose between Chateau - Thierry and Vauchamps
Kind of pointless to separate the 2 since they are essentially parts of the same operation.

I will actually vote Wagram over Austerlitz here since he was facing far more competent opposition.

If we are going by campaign lead-up though, as opposed to simply battle tactics, then probably Marengo (the tactics were kind of a mess).
 
Dec 2011
4,465
Iowa USA
#9
Kind of pointless to separate the 2 since they are essentially parts of the same operation.

I will actually vote Wagram over Austerlitz here since he was facing far more competent opposition.

If we are going by campaign lead-up though, as opposed to simply battle tactics, then probably Marengo (the tactics were kind of a mess).
+1, also with Wagram here, a very large engagement. If Napoleon had brought the determination and nerve he had in '09 to Borodino ... well we will never know.
 

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