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A close-up on: the Battle of Aspern-Essling



On 21 and 22 May, 1809, a furiously fought struggle took place between France and Austria on the banks of the Danube around two small towns, Aspern and Essling. The whole of the Austrian Hauptarmee (95,000 men) descended initially upon Napoleon and a mere 22,000 soldiers. But with the arrival of reinforcements during the night, the forces were prepared for another titanic struggle under a hail of cannon balls the following day, until Napoleon brought his troops back across the Danube. This victory/defeat for both sides had not resolved anything. The fight would go on...



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