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Osprey Campaign 70 : Marengo 1800 : Napoleon's Day of Fate
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Osprey Campaign 70 : Marengo 1800 : Napoleon's Day of Fate

Having returned from Egypt and seized power as First Consul, Napoleon led the Army of the Reserve over the Alps against the Austrian Army besieging Genoa. After a period of skirmishing and manoeuvring, Melas, the Austrian commander, launched a surprise attack on the morning of 14 June, having deceived Napoleon as to his intentions through the use of a double agent. The attack initially drove the French back to Marengo village and, despite committing the Consular Guard, by 3pm the French were retreating. Believing he had won, the wounded Melas left the field to his Chief-of-Staff, Zach. The timely arrival of Desaix's Division led by Kellerman's cavalry and the 9e Légère threw the pursuing Austrians into confusion, turned the battle in Napoleon's favour, thus securing his position as First Consul. It could have been very different. Text by David Hollins with illustrations by Christa Hook.

    Contents
  • Introduction
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Armies
  • Opposing plans
  • Preliminaries
  • Marengo Phase 1
  • Marengo Phase 2
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefield today
  • Chronology
  • Guide to Further Reading

 

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