Napoleon’s great victory over Prussia at Jena, with the associated victory by the dogged Marshal Davout at Auerstadt on the same day (14th October 1806) marked the summit of Napoleon’s brilliant career, and the low point of Prussian military power first established by Frederick the Great in the previous century. The twin battles also shattered the fourth allied coaltion against France, although Prussia doggedly battled on. The following year, (February 1807) Napoleon scored another victory over Prussia at Eylau, a savage battle fought in a snowstorm. But the heavy French losses made Eylau a Pyhrric victory, and the author of this book – from a distinguished Prussian military family – argues that the battle also marked a resurgence of Prussian fortunes and laid the foundation for its later and final triumphs over Napoleon at Leipzig and Waterloo. This book is a classic account of a key moment in the Napoleonic wars that should not be missed.Offer expires 31March 2008
JENA TO EYLAU THE DISGRACE AND THE REDEMPTION OF THE OLD-PRUSSIAN ARMY
A Prussian military man’s account of the low point of Prussia’s long struggle with Napoleon at Jena – and of the beginnings of its recovery at Eylau the following year.