The 1809 campaign on the Danube was to break the spell of Napoleon's invincibility. Indeed Wagram - the largest battle in history at the time - was Napoleon's revenge for his first personal defeat on the battlefield - at Aspern - Essling. In gaining this revenge the French commander was not wholly successful. Although the French won the battle as the Austrians eventually quit the field, the victory was an extremely hollow one. Both these epic battles are expertly described by Ian Castle, chronicling the many changes of fortune as each side captured, lost, then recaptured key positions.


The Road to War, 1809
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies
Opposing Plans
Opening Moves
The Battle of Aspern-Essling
The Battle of Wagram
The Battlefields Today
A Guide to Further Reading
Wargaming the 1809 Campaign

Aspern & Wagram 1809


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