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- During the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, many Germans fought on the side of the French Empire. After Napoleon defeated Austria and Russia in the December 1805 Battle of Austerlitz, he grouped 16 German states that were part of the Holy Roman Empire into a French-controlled Confederation of the Rhine. He then dissolved the Holy Roman Empire. The states that were members of the confederation were compelled to supply military units and soldiers to Napoleon’s armies. This map and the accompanying table show the military engagements in which units from Hesse-Darmstadt were involved while fighting for the French in central Europe, Spain, and in the 1812 invasion of Russia. The map is based on the research of Lt.-Colonel Jean-Camille Abel-Fleuri Sauzey, a French military officer and historian who published, in 1902-12, a six-volume study of the German contingents in the French army.
R. Chapelot et Cie., Paris
Title in Original Language
Campagnes du Contingent de Hesse-Darmstadt sous le Premier Empire
Type of Item
- 1 map : color ; 42 x 89 centimeters