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A close-up on: the Polish campaign: Eylau (8 February, 1807)


Battle of Eylau <i><br>Documentation photographique de la Réunion des Musées nationaux </i>

Battle of Eylau
Documentation photographique de la Réunion des Musées nationaux

On 8 February, 1807, there took place the appalling (and inconclusive) bloodbath at Eylau, pitching French against Prussian and Russian forces, 66,500 men versus 82,500 respectively. Despite the fact that both sides lost thousands of men, Eylau is usually recorded as a French victory since the Russians retreated after the confrontation leaving the French in control of the battlefield. Our bicentenary dossier brings you an article on the geopolitical background to the conflict, selection of books still in print dealing with the episode, a timeline, a selection of images, a dozen or so biographies of some of the main players and the e-text of perhaps Eylau's most famous literary manifestation, Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac. Enjoy!



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