Thursday, October 18, 2012

1813 Campaign Diary – Part 3 - Halle

17 June to 11 July 1813
 Central Germany 17 June 1813

This is the third phase of the 1813 campaign
It covers the period 17 June to 11 July 1813 and the fighting in central Germany between Fourth French army and the Russian army
It was fought during the period August to October 2009
Corps deployment at start of campaign

Summary of the Campaign
Kutuzov had played a major part in the 1812 campaign and his army had suffered heavy casualties.   After six months rest in Dresden his army was now ready to take the field again.
His objective was to take the town of Halle and secure the river Saale.
Napoleon had two corps west of the river Saale, and a third in reserve.  He had just arrived at Fulda to take command of the Imperial Garde
The Russian attack forced the French to abandon the east bank, and Kutuzov managed to cross the river.   But a determined counter attack made them retire to the east bank.
The campaign was a draw.   The French held the line of the river Saale, but they had to abandon their positions on the east bank.
Battles fought during campaign

Campaign History
17 June            Start of campaign
23 June            Battle of Neustadt                  Russian victory
25 June            Battle of Gera                         Russian victory
26 June            Battle of Weimar                    French victory
28 June            Battle of Lutzen                      Russian victory
1 July              Battle of Rohenburg               Russian victory
7 July              Battle of Halle                                    French Victory                                  

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