Commentaries on the War in Russia and Germany in 1812 and 1813

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J. Murray, 1850 - 383 halaman
 

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Halaman 306 - Maubourg received a severe wound, which disabled him for life; Murat was in great danger of being taken ; and six guns fell into the hands of the Cossacks. Thus 5000 of the French cavalry, led by Murat in person, were foiled by an insignificant obstacle. They were seized with a panic; and, for want of a second line on which to rally, and from which to take a fresh departure, — a precaution without which no cavalry attack ought ever to be made, — they were obliged to abandon their...
Halaman 135 - Cathcart and his staff found the bare floor of a cottage so comfortable a couch, without even the luxury of straw, that no one seemed in any hurry to rise when we were informed, soon after daylight, that his Imperial Majesty was about to mount and depart, and that the enemy were approaching to dislodge us. The Emperor slowly rode some miles towards the rear, along the Altenburg road, conversing with Lord Cathcart about the battle...
Halaman 230 - ... intended attack was to take place. They suddenly turned directly to the front, attracted by a movement of Russian cavalry; and Alexander was speaking to Moreau, who at the moment was about half a horse's length in advance of him, when a cannon-shot struck Moreau in the right leg, and going through the horse, shattered his left knee. The horse plunged forward about thirty yards, and fell dead. His aide-de-camp, riding behind them, rushed forward to extricate him from it. " Tell the Emperor," he...
Halaman 297 - X L sides, was a difficult post for either party to hold ; lastly, isisLiebertwolkwitz, on the French left, a much better post and more considerable village, on the top of a hill which formed a regular glacis to it. A ridge ran all the way from the shoulder of the eminence of Liebertwolkwitz to the river Pleisse, passing in rear of Wachau, and commanding it. The position could not fail to present itself to the eye of an experienced officer as the only one which that uninteresting country afforded...
Halaman 304 - ... hitherto untouched, advanced to the charge in two columns, one on the Allied right, and the other on their left centre, where their line seemed least supported. The attack on the right centre, between Auenhayn and Gossa, is thus described by a gallant eyewitness, himself engaged in the affray : " At this moment the enemy's cavalry, of which we could count fifty squadrons, were standing in formidable array on the shoulder of the hill of Liebertwolkwitz. A small brook or drain ran from Gossa towards...
Halaman 45 - ... rendre accessible au désir de conserver la paix, il ne nous reste plus, en invoquant à notre secours le Tout-Puissant, témoin et défenseur de la vérité, qu'à opposer nos forces aux forces de l'ennemi. Il...
Halaman 305 - ... taken post. Its banks were swampy, and could only be passed with difficulty, and a leap across a wide drain, unless by causeways made in two or three places by the farmers for agricultural purposes. The cavalry on the hill proved to be the whole corps of Latour Maubourg, amounting to upwards of 5000 horse ; Murat. had taken the command, and began to descend the hill, directing his attack upon the two Russian regiments at its foot. The French advanced in line of contiguous columns of regiments...

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