- Mar 2013
Right but isn't that somewhat the situation after Wagram at least in the short term? The Austrians still had an army (so did WW1 Germany) but couldn't effectively oppose Napoleon for sometime where Napoleon could advance nearly unopposed taking more territory and by the time Austrian army was ready to respond there was still no guarantee of victory and given the performance probably a heavy doubt that Austria could do more than create problems for Napoleon but not outright defeat his armies conclusively. In that way what did Austria gain from fighting on? Unlike Spain there wasn't a strong ally to push Austria into maintaining the fight and Austria's internal situation was much different from Spain where the Austrian army was integral to the heterogenous state whereas Spain had a relatively strong national identity without being associated with the Spanish state. The WWI Allies had a MUCH stronger position than Napoleon for the long term but at least in the short term the positions can be compared.The German Army was comprehensively defeated by November 1918 though. The Entente did not move into Germany, yes, but not because they couldn't, but because they did not need to.