A close up on: the Battle of Wagram

After the setback at Aspern-Essling, Napoleon took six weeks to regroup and to plan how to bring the campaign of 1809 to an end. The ensuing battle of Wagram, with its emphasis on heavy firepower and massive bludgeoning troop movements, was to last two and a half days and was the largest ever battle to date in human history. Combined losses (deaths, wounded, prisoners, lost) amounted to more than 80,000 men. This was war on a new level.