Battle of Champaubert

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Battle of Champaubert
Part of the War of the Sixth Coalition
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Battle of Champaubert in the afternoon of 10 February 1814. In the foreground are Doumerc's cuirassiers and in the background are Marmont's and Ney's infantry.
Date10 February 1814
Location Champaubert, France
48°52′51″N3°46′33″E / 48.8809°N 3.7759°E / 48.8809; 3.7759 Coordinates: 48°52′51″N3°46′33″E / 48.8809°N 3.7759°E / 48.8809; 3.7759
Result French victory
Belligerents
Flag of France.svg Imperial France Flag of Russia.svg Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Flag of France.svg Napoleon
Flag of France.svg Auguste de Marmont
Flag of Russia.svg Zakhar Olsufiev
  (POW)
Units involved
Flag of France.svg Imperial Guard
Flag of France.svg VI Corps
Flag of France.svg I Cavalry Corps
Flag of Russia.svg IX Corps
Strength
15,000–30,000, 120 guns 3,700–5,166, 24 guns
Casualties and losses
200–600 2,400–3,294, 9–21 guns

The Battle of Champaubert (10 February 1814) was the opening engagement of the Six Days' Campaign. It was fought between a French army led by Napoleon and a small Russian corps commanded by Lieutenant General Count Zakhar Dmitrievich Olsufiev. After putting up a good fight, the Russian formation was effectively destroyed; the survivors escaped into the woods while Olsufiev became a French prisoner. Champaubert is located in France, 46 kilometres (29 mi) west of Châlons-en-Champagne and 69 kilometres (43 mi) east of Meaux.

Six Days Campaign conflict

The Six Days Campaign was a final series of victories by the forces of Napoleon I of France as the Sixth Coalition closed in on Paris.

Napoleon 18th/19th-century French monarch, military and political leader

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French as Napoleon I from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over much of continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history.

Russian Empire Former country, 1721–1917

The Russian Empire, also known as Imperial Russia or simply Russia, was an empire that existed across Eurasia and North America from 1721, following the end of the Great Northern War, until the Republic was proclaimed by the Provisional Government that took power after the February Revolution of 1917.

Contents

After defeating Emperor Napoleon at the Battle of La Rothière, the two main Allied armies under Austrian Field Marshal Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg and Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher separated. Schwarzenberg's southern advance was slow while the Prussian field marshal's march represented a more serious threat to Paris. Leaving part of his forces to hold off Schwarzenberg, Napoleon massed 30,000 troops to deal with Blücher, who allowed his 57,000-man army to become badly spread out. Allied lapses in communication and Blücher's overconfidence left Olsufiev's corps isolated near Champaubert when Napoleon's army lunged from the south to deal it a crippling blow.

Battle of La Rothière battle

The Battle of La Rothière was fought on 1 February 1814 between the French Empire and allied army of Austria, Prussia, Russia, and German States previously allies with France. The French were led by Emperor Napoleon and the coalition army was under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. The battle took place in severe weather conditions. The French were defeated but managed to hold until they could retreat under cover of darkness.

Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg Czech nobleman

Karl Philipp, Fürst zu Schwarzenberg was an Austrian field marshal.

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher Prussian field marshal

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Fürst von Wahlstatt, Graf (count), later elevated to Fürst von Wahlstatt, was a Prussian Generalfeldmarschall. He earned his greatest recognition after leading his army against Napoleon I at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Prelude

Allied pursuit

On 1 February 1814, Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher with 80,000 Allied troops from his own Army of Silesia and Austrian Field Marshal Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg's Army of Bohemia defeated Napoleon and 45,000 French soldiers in the Battle of La Rothière. This setback seriously shook the French army's morale. [1] Each side suffered about 6,000 casualties but the Allied captured 50–60 artillery pieces. The Allies were delighted by their victory, though it might have been more complete if all their reserves had been committed to the battle. [2] At this time, the Allied generals made the questionable decision to separate their armies. Blücher's army would advance from Châlons-sur-Marne toward Meaux while Schwarzenberg's army operated on a more southerly route from Troyes toward Paris. [3]

Troyes Prefecture and commune in Grand Est, France

Troyes is a commune and the capital of the department of Aube in the Grand Est region of north-central France. It is located on the Seine river about 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Paris. Troyes is situated within the Champagne wine region and is near to the Orient Forest Regional Natural Park. Many half-timbered houses survive in the old town. Troyes has been in existence since the Roman era, as Augustobona Tricassium, which stood at the hub of numerous highways, primarily the Via Agrippa.

Paris Capital of France

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts.

On 3 February, Napoleon's army reached Troyes after completely breaking contact with the Allies the previous day. On 4 February, Schwarzenberg wrote his colleague Blücher that he was moving farther south in order to turn Napoleon's right flank. [4] The next day, Russian General Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly ordered Alexander Nikitich Seslavin's scouting force from Schwarzenberg's right flank to the left flank without notifying Blücher. Since the Prussian field marshal did not have a liaison officer with Seslavin's force he did not realize that no one was watching for French forces in the space on his left flank. Also on 5 February, Napoleon decided to abandon Troyes and fall back to Nogent-sur-Seine. He planned to contain Schwarzenberg with part of his army while attacking Blücher. [5]

Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly Russian general

Prince Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly was a Baltic German Field Marshal and Minister of War of the Russian Empire during Napoleon's invasion in 1812 and War of the Sixth Coalition. Barclay implemented a number of reforms during this time that improved supply system in the army, doubled the number of army troops, and implemented new combat training principles. He was also the Governor-General of Finland.

Nogent-sur-Seine Subprefecture and commune in Grand Est, France

Nogent-sur-Seine is a commune in the Aube department in north-central France. The headquarters of The Soufflet Group is located here, as is the Musée Camille Claudel.

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Gebhard von Blücher

Having prepared for a grand assault on Troyes, Schwarzenberg found the place empty of French troops on 7 February. He decided to let his troops rest for the next two days. [6] Meanwhile, Napoleon reorganized his cavalry into the I Cavalry Corps under Étienne Tardif de Pommeroux de Bordesoulle, II Cavalry Corps led by Antoine-Louis Decrest de Saint-Germain, V Cavalry Corps commanded by Édouard Jean Baptiste Milhaud, VI Cavalry Corps directed by François Etienne de Kellermann and an independent division under Jean-Marie Defrance. The French emperor created a new VII Corps from two divisions transferred from the Spanish front and put Marshal Nicolas Oudinot in charge. [7]

I Cavalry Corps (Grande Armée)

I Cavalry Corps was a French military formation that existed during the Napoleonic Wars. For one month in 1806–1807, Emperor Napoleon split his Reserve Cavalry Corps into the I and II Cavalry Corps. At that time, Marshal Joachim Murat took command of the short-lived I Cavalry Corps before resuming leadership over Napoleon's Reserve Cavalry when the experiment ended. The I Cavalry Corps was not recreated until 1812 for the French invasion of Russia when command was exercised by Étienne Marie Antoine Champion de Nansouty. The formation fought at Borodino and Tarutino. After being destroyed during the retreat from Russia, I Cavalry Corps was reconstituted in 1813 and Marie Victor de Fay, marquis de Latour-Maubourg was appointed to lead it. The corps fought at Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, and Leipzig. At Leipzig, Latour-Maubourg was seriously wounded and replaced by Jean-Pierre Doumerc who led the corps for the remainder of the War of the Sixth Coalition which ended with Napoleon's abdication in 1814. After Napoleon returned from exile and retook power in France in 1815, the main French army was baptised Armée du Nord. The army included a I Cavalry Corps led by Pierre Claude Pajol which fought at Ligny and Wavre, while one detached division fought at Waterloo.

Étienne Tardif de Pommeroux de Bordesoulle French general

Étienne Tardif de Pommeroux, comte de Bordesoulle was a French nobleman and soldier, who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish expedition.

II Cavalry Corps was a French military formation during the Napoleonic Wars. It was first formed in December 1806, but only enjoyed a brief existence under Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bessières. The II Cavalry Corps was reconstituted for the French invasion of Russia in 1812 and commanded by General of Division Louis-Pierre Montbrun who was killed in battle, as was his successor a few hours later. In the War of the Sixth Coalition, General of Division Horace François Bastien Sébastiani de La Porta led the corps in 1813. General of Division Antoine-Louis Decrest de Saint-Germain directed the corps in 1814. During the Hundred Days, Napoleon raised the corps again and entrusted it to General of Division Rémi Joseph Isidore Exelmans.

At the end of January a 10,000–11,000-man French corps under Marshal Jacques MacDonald approached from the north. [8] Supposing that Schwarzenberg's maneuvers would draw Napoleon away from his Army of Silesia, Blücher focused on destroying MacDonald's corps. During the first week of February, the Prussian field marshal ordered Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg's corps to pursue MacDonald along the main highway in the Marne River valley. Hoping to trap the French corps, Blücher sent Fabian Gottlieb von Osten-Sacken's corps along the more direct road through Montmirail and La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. Trying to accomplish two strategic goals at once, the Prussian army commander hung back to allow the newly arrived corps of Peter Mikhailovich Kaptzevich and Friedrich von Kleist to catch up with him. Blücher utilized Zakhar Dmitrievich Olsufiev's small corps to link the two parts of his army. [9]

Jacques MacDonald Marshal of France

Étienne Jacques Joseph Alexandre MacDonald, 1st Duke of Taranto was a Marshal of the Empire and military leader during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg Prussian Field Marshal

Johann David Ludwig Graf Yorck von Wartenburg was a Prussian Generalfeldmarschall instrumental in the switching of the Kingdom of Prussia from a French alliance to a Russian alliance during the War of the Sixth Coalition. Ludwig van Beethoven's "Yorckscher Marsch" is named in his honor.

Marne (river) river in France

The Marne is a river in France, an eastern tributary of the Seine in the area east and southeast of Paris. It is 514 kilometres (319 mi) long. The river gave its name to the departments of Haute-Marne, Marne, Seine-et-Marne, and Val-de-Marne.

On 8 February, Sacken's cavalry reached Viels-Maisons while his infantry was to the east at Montmirail. Olsufiev's corps was 12 miles (19 km) farther east at Étoges while Blücher established his headquarters another 9 miles (14 km) east at Vertus. Kaptzevich and Kleist were 16 miles (26 km) east of their army commander in Châlons-sur-Marne. Yorck's corps was in the Marne valley at least 12 miles (19 km) to the north, separated by bad roads. The Army of Silesia was now spread across a front of 44 miles (71 km). Blucher assumed that Seslavin would report any danger coming from the south. That night, when his Cossacks were driven out of Sézanne, Sacken did not bother to report the incident to Blücher. In fact, it was Napoleon's leading corps under Marshal Auguste de Marmont. [10]

French offensive

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Napoleon attacks Olsufiev's isolated corps on 10 February 1814.

Napoleon left 39,000 troops to contain Schwarzenberg's Army of Bohemia. The formations were Oudinot's VII Corps, Marshal Claude Perrin Victor's II Corps, Étienne Maurice Gérard's Reserve of Paris, Henri Rottembourg's Young Guard infantry division, Milhaud's V Cavalry Corps and smaller units. Napoleon's striking force numbered about 20,000 foot soldiers and 10,000 horsemen. [11] Another authority agreed that the French army numbered 30,000 men and added that it was supported by 120 guns. [12] The army was formed by Marshal Michel Ney's two Young Guard infantry divisions, Marmont's VI Corps, part of the Imperial Guard cavalry, I Cavalry Corps and Defrance's cavalry division. Bringing up the rear at Nogent was Marshal Édouard Mortier, duc de Trévise with two Old Guard infantry divisions. [11]

On 9 February, MacDonald slipped across the Marne at La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, just ahead of Sacken. [10] That day, Kaptzevich and Kleist rendezvoused with Blücher at Vertus, Olsufiev marched west to Champaubert, Sacken reached La Ferté-sous-Jouarre and Yorck was at Château-Thierry. According to Karl Freiherr von Müffling of Blücher's staff, the Army of Silesia counted 57,000 men, including Sacken's 20,000, Yorck's 18,000 and Kaptzevich, Olsufiev and Kleist with a combined 19,000. Marmont's cavalry advance guard appeared at Talus-Saint-Prix on the Petit Morin River. Because the horsemen soon withdrew, Blücher's chief of staff August Neidhardt von Gneisenau believed they represented no danger. When Schwarzenberg asked the Prussian field marshal to support his right flank corps under Peter Wittgenstein, Blücher ordered Kaptzevich and Kleist to march southwest to Sézanne the next day. Olsufiev was ordered to march south from Champaubert. That night, Blücher finally received news that Napoleon was at Sézanne. [13] Nevertheless, Gneisenau authorized Sacken to continue the pursuit of MacDonald to the west. [14]

Napoleon's soldiers plodded along roads deep in mud from days of rain. The men had to suffer hunger pangs when the provision wagons failed to turn up. The bogged artillery was only brought forward when the rural inhabitants in large numbers helped haul the guns through the mud. At first the French population had resigned itself to the Allied invasion, but after suffering at the hands of the Russians and Prussians, the people were eager to assist the army. [15] On 10 February, as Blücher accompanied the column of Kaptzevich and Kleist while it marched toward Sézanne, the sound of artillery began to rumble ominously to the right near Champaubert. [14]

Battle

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Auguste de Marmont

On 10 February Napoleon moved against Blücher's over-extended army in the hope of smashing it. He caught Olsufiev's IX Corps of 5,000 Russians near the village of Baye just south of Champaubert. The battle was one of the few times during the war that France was able to take the field with a large numerical advantage, in this case six-to-one. [16] Planning to march south to Sézanne that day, Olsufiev left the Saint-Prix bridge over the Petit Morin intact. He also left the span unguarded, so that Napoleon's cavalry seized it early in the morning. [14] Marmont's two VI Corps divisions led the French column. Joseph Lagrange's 3rd Division filed across the Saint-Prix bridge followed by Étienne Pierre Sylvestre Ricard's 8th Division. Following Napoleon's instructions, 100 Guard Dragoons rode ahead into Bannay where they surprised and captured a group of Russian soldiers. [17]

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Zakhar Olsufiev

Olsufiev's pickets were overrun by 10:00 am and although badly outnumbered, the Russian decided to fight rather than retreat. [15] His decision was based partly on the mistaken hope that he would get reinforcements from Blücher in time to prevent a disaster. [16] The correct decision would have been to retreat east to Étoges, but the Russian general had been criticized for the loss of the château during the Battle of Brienne on 29 January. He was also blamed for mishandling his troops at La Rothière and Sacken wanted him hauled before a court-martial. [18] In the circumstances, Olsufiev chose to battle it out in order to clear his name. [15] He did, however, send messengers to the Prussian army commander telling his superior what was occurring. [18] In the event, Blücher brushed aside Olsufiev's couriers, insisting that Napoleon was not on the scene and that the attackers were no more than 2,000 French partisans. [19]

Lagrange's division angled to the left toward Bannay, led by the 2nd Light Infantry Regiment and a marine battalion, while Ricard's division marched straight toward Baye. Olsufiev sent Evstafi Evstafievich Udom with two jäger infantry battalions to clear the French skirmishers out of Baye. As the French pressure increased, Udom was reinforced so that he had the 10th, 12th, 22nd and 38th Jäger Regiments and six guns. [17] Around 11:00 am Ricard pressed Udom's troops back into Baye and the nearby woods. [18] Olsufiev sent a brigade and six guns to hold the right flank while the bulk of his corps deployed between Baye and Bannay. The French brought 12 guns into action as more and more of their soldiers passed the bridge and arrived on the field. Pierre Pelleport's brigade led Lagrange's division as it assaulted Bannay. At 1:00 pm Olsufiev was still holding out on his forward position. [17] At that hour, the Russian commander held a council of war in which his generals voted for a retreat to Étoges. Olsufiev refused, saying that he had specific orders to hold Champaubert. [19]

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Étienne de Bordesoulle

Seeing that a small wood was the key to the position, Marmont organized a general attack. He sent the 113th Line Infantry forward deployed in skirmish order. Assisted by a horse artillery battery from I Cavalry Corps and a lancer squadron under Cyrille-Simon Picquet, Ricard's division captured Baye. Lagrange attacked between Baye and Bannay. [17] Ney's divisions began to arrive and his guns pounded Bannay. Bordesoulle's cavalry on the right and Jean-Pierre Doumerc's on the left began edging around the Russian flanks. [18] The 7th Battalion of the 4th Light Infantry were the first French troops to occupy Baye while Pelleport's brigade took Bannay. Olsufiev pulled back and established a new line at the Andecy Farm. As French cavalry began to envelop both flanks, the Russian withdrew again toward Champaubert. [20]

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Konstantin Poltoratsky

Since the terrain favored the French on the west flank, Lagrange launched an attack on that side. Without proper artillery support, the French infantry were stopped and thrown back by the concentrated fire of 24 Russian guns. Numerous French Guard field pieces, slowed by the mud, soon appeared and provided a rallying point for Lagrange's men. After taking a detour, Doumerc's horsemen appeared at Fromentières on the highway west of Champaubert. When Olsufiev received reports that the road east to Châlons was also blocked, he resolved to cut his way out in that direction. The Russian commander directed Prince Konstantin Markovich Poltoratsky with the Apsheron and Nacheburg Infantry Regiments and nine guns to hold Champaubert, while he attacked east toward Étoges with the bulk of his troops. Olsufiev's breakout attempt failed. [20]

With his artillery posted at the Champaubert crossroads, Poltoratsky's brigade drove off several cavalry charges. In fierce fighting with the bayonet, Ricard's soldiers captured the village, lost it to a counterattack, then clawed their way back into a few houses. After failing to cut his way out to the east, about 3:00 pm Poltoratsky began a fighting withdrawal to the north with his men in square formation. Heading for the village of La Caure, his soldiers kept the French back with regular volleys. About 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Champaubert they began to run out of ammunition and their ranks began to show unsteadiness. The French demanded that Poltoratsky capitulate and when he refused, they brought up a horse artillery battery and began blasting his troops with canister shot. Instead of being a possible refuge, the nearby woods turned out to be filled with French skirmishers. With his men being mown down by canister and riddled by musketry, Poltoratsky finally agreed to surrender his two regiments and cannons. [21]

After failing to force its way to Étoges, Olsufiev's main body veered to the north in an attempt to escape. Near La Caure, while maneuvering to enter a swampy forest, he exposed one of his flanks. Spotting the tactical error, Marmont ordered a brigade of Bordesoulle's cuirassiers to charge. The heavy cavalrymen crashed into the Russian formation, cutting it in two parts. The Russian foot soldiers were completely routed, some of them throwing away their muskets and packs as they scattered into the woods. Marmont ordered the exits blocked and many Russians were captured. Udom and his fellow division commander Peter Yakovlevich Kornilov managed to get away with 1,500–2,000 men. That night they reached Port-à-Binson on the Marne after going cross-country. [21] A 19-year old French conscript with fewer than six months of service made Olsufiev a prisoner. [15]

Aftermath

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Napoleon

According to Digby Smith the French lost 600 killed and wounded out of the 13,300 infantry and 1,700 cavalry that were engaged in the action. The Russians lost 2,400 men and nine guns out of the 3,700 soldiers and 24 guns that were present. Captured were General-Leutnant Olsufiev and General-major Prince Poltaratsky. [22] Francis Loraine Petre credited Olsufiev with 4,000 infantry and 24 guns of which 1,600–1,700 men and 15 guns escaped. [23] George Nafziger cited several sources including one that listed Russian losses as 1,400 dead and 1,894 captured including three generals and 21 guns, with 1,900 troops getting away. French losses were estimated at 200–600. [19] David G. Chandler stated that French losses were only about 200 men and that only 1,000 out of 5,000 Russians escaped death or capture. [15] Kornilov assumed command of the remnant of IX Corps. [19] Its approximately 1,500 survivors were grouped into three or four temporary battalions. This unlucky outfit suffered 600 more casualties and lost all their cannons at the Battle of Vauchamps on 14 February. [24]

When Blücher heard about Olsufiev's disaster, he ordered Kaptzevich and Kleist to turn around and make a night march back to Vertus. Sacken, who had marched west to Trilport, was ordered to return to Montmirail. Yorck was requested to meet Sacken near Montmirail while holding open an escape route over the Marne at Château-Thierry. After the battle, Napoleon found himself squarely in the middle of the overextended Army of Silesia. If he advanced to the east, he would merely push the corps of Kaptzevich and Kleist back. A move to the west held the possibility of trapping and destroying the forces under Sacken and Yorck, so he turned west. Napoleon ordered Marmont with Lagrange's division and the I Cavalry Corps to hold Étoges and keep Blücher under observation. At 7:00 pm the emperor directed Étienne Marie Antoine Champion de Nansouty with two cavalry divisions to occupy Montmirail. They were to be joined there in the morning by Ricard's division and the divisions under Ney and Mortier. [25] The Battle of Montmirail was fought the next day against Sacken and Yorck. [26]

Forces

Russian Order of Battle

IX Corps: Lieutenant General Zakhar Dmitrievich Olsufiev (5,166 infantry, 24 guns)

  • 9th Infantry Division: General-major Evstafi Evstafievich Udom (3,009)
    • Brigade: General-major Konstantin Markovich Poltoratsky (1,049)
      • Apcheron Infantry Regiment (486)
      • Nacheburg Infantry Regiment (563)
    • Brigade: General-Major Juschkov II (1,153)
      • Riazsk Infantry Regiment (620)
      • Yakutsk Infantry Regiment (533)
    • Brigade: Major Melnik (807)
      • 10th Jäger Regiment (335)
      • 38th Jäger Regiment (472)
  • 15th Infantry Division: General-major Peter Yakovlevich Kornilov (2,157)
    • Brigade: Lieutenant Colonel Anensur (876)
    • Brigade: General-major Mussin-Pushkin (834)
      • Kolyvan Infantry Regiment (417)
      • Kourin Infantry Regiment (417)
    • Brigade: Colonel Tuchanowski (over 447)
      • 12th Jäger Regiment (447)
      • 22nd Jäger Regiment (unknown)

Source: Nafziger, George (2015). The End of Empire: Napoleon's 1814 Campaign. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company. pp. 137–138. ISBN   978-1-909982-96-3. 

French Order of Battle

Emperor Napoleon

4,796 – 1st Old Guard Division
1,464 – Guard Artillery
4,133 – 1st Young Guard Division
2,840 – 2nd Young Guard Division
2,582 – 1st Guard Cavalry Division
2,164 – 3rd Guard Cavalry Division
4,868 – 3rd Infantry Division
2,917 – 8th Infantry Division
2,815 – I Cavalry Corps
  • Imperial Guard (Old Guard):
    • 1st Old Guard Division: General of Division Louis Friant (4,796)
      • 1st Brigade: General of Brigade Pierre Cambronne
        • 1st Guard Foot Chasseur Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions
        • 2nd Guard Foot Chasseur Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions
      • 2nd Brigade: General of Brigade Jean Martin Petit
        • 1st Guard Foot Grenadier Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions
        • 2nd Guard Foot Grenadier Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions
      • Attached:
        • Guard Sapper Battalion, three companies
        • Guard Marine Battalion, 3rd Company
        • Guard Engineering Train
    • Artillery: (1,464)
      • Foot Artillery, seven companies
      • Horse Artillery, four companies
      • Train and pontooneers
  • Imperial Guard (Young Guard): Marshal Michel Ney
    • 1st Young Guard Division: General of Division Claude Marie Meunier (4,133)
      • 1st Voltiguer Regiment
      • 2nd Voltiguer Regiment
      • 3rd Voltiguer Regiment
      • 4th Voltiguer Regiment
    • 2nd Young Guard Division: General of Division Philibert Jean-Baptiste Curial (2,840)
      • 5th Voltiguer Regiment
      • 6th Voltiguer Regiment
      • 7th Voltiguer Regiment
      • 8th Voltiguer Regiment
  • Imperial Guard Cavalry: General of Division Étienne Marie Antoine Champion de Nansouty
    • 1st Guard Cavalry Division: General of Division Pierre David de Colbert-Chabanais (2,582)
      • 2nd Éclaireur Regiment
      • 2nd Chevau-léger Lancer Regiment
      • Guard Chasseurs à Cheval Regiment
      • Guard Horse Grenadier Regiment
      • Guard Dragoon Regiment
    • 3rd Guard Cavalry Division: General of Division Louis-Marie Laferrière-Levêque (2,164)
      • 1st Brigade: General of Brigade Jean Dieudonné Lion
        • Guard Chasseurs à Cheval Regiment (542)
        • Guard Dragoon Regiment (735)
      • 2nd Brigade: General of Brigade Louis-Michel Letort de Lorville
        • Guard Horse Grenadier Regiment (887)
  • VI Corps: Marshal Auguste de Marmont
    • 3rd Division: General of Division Joseph Lagrange (4,868)
      • Brigade: Joseph Antoine René Joubert
        • 1st, 15th, 16th, 62nd, 70th and 121st Line Infantry Regiments
        • 23rd Line Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion
        • 37th Line Infantry Regiment, 1st and 3rd Battalions
        • 1st Marine Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions
      • Brigade: Pierre Pelleport
        • 2nd Marine Regiment, 1st–4th Battalions
        • 3rd Marine Regiment, 1st–3rd Battalions
        • 4th Marine Regiment, 1st–3rd Battalions
    • 8th Division: General of Division Étienne Pierre Sylvestre Ricard (2,917)
      • Brigade: Jean-Louis Fournier
        • 2nd and 6th Light and 40th Line Infantry Regiments, 2nd Battalions
        • 4th Light Infantry Regiment, 7th Battalion
        • 9th and 16th Light Infantry Regiments
        • 50th Line Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
      • Brigade: François-Louis Boudin de Roville
        • 22nd and 69th Line Infantry Regiments
        • 136th, 138th, 142nd, 144th and 145th Line Infantry Regiments, 1st Battalions
    • Corps Artillery: (30 guns)
      • Eight 12-pound cannons
      • Foot artillery: 13 6-pound cannons and howitzers
      • Horse artillery: Nine 6-pound cannons and howitzers
  • I Cavalry Corps: General of Division Jean-Pierre Doumerc (2,815)
    • 1st Light Cavalry Division: General of Division Christophe Antoine Merlin (704)
      • 1st Brigade (ex-1st Provisional Regiment): General of Brigade François Isidore Wathiez (272)
        • 6th, 7th and 8th Hussar, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th Chevau-léger Lancier and 16th Chasseurs à Cheval Regiments
      • 2nd Brigade (ex-2nd Provisional Regiment): General of Brigade Claude Raymond Guyon (432)
        • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th and 25th Chasseurs à Cheval Regiments
    • 2nd Heavy Cavalry Division: General of Division Étienne Tardif de Pommeroux de Bordesoulle (1,196)
      • 1st Brigade (ex-3rd Provisional Regiment): General of Brigade Nicolas Marin Thiry (614)
        • 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 11th and 12th Cuirassier Regiments
      • 2nd Brigade (ex-4th Provisional Regiment): General of Brigade Joseph Alexandre Félix de Laville (582)
        • 4th, 7th and 14th Cuirassier and 7th, 23rd, 28th and 30th Dragoon Regiments
    • Brigade: Cyrille-Simon Picquet (915)
      • 10th Hussar Regiment
      • 1st Gardes d'Honneur Regiment
    • Corps Artillery: (6 guns)
      • 1st Horse Artillery Regiment, 3rd Company
      • 6th Horse Artillery Regiment, 1st Company

Source: Nafziger, George (2015). The End of Empire: Napoleon's 1814 Campaign. Solihull, UK: Helion & Company. pp. 134–135, 577–578, 594–600. ISBN   978-1-909982-96-3. 

Footnotes

  1. Smith 1998, pp. 491–493.
  2. Petre 1994, p. 37.
  3. Petre 1994, p. 43.
  4. Petre 1994, p. 44.
  5. Petre 1994, p. 46.
  6. Petre 1994, p. 47.
  7. Petre 1994, p. 52.
  8. Petre 1994, pp. 17–18.
  9. Petre 1994, p. 94.
  10. 1 2 Petre 1994, p. 55.
  11. 1 2 Petre 1994, p. 53.
  12. Chandler 1979, p. 87.
  13. Petre 1994, pp. 56–57.
  14. 1 2 3 Petre 1994, p. 58.
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 Chandler 1966, p. 969.
  16. 1 2 Pawly 2012, pp. 21–22.
  17. 1 2 3 4 Nafziger 2015, p. 140.
  18. 1 2 3 4 Petre 1994, p. 59.
  19. 1 2 3 4 Nafziger 2015, p. 143.
  20. 1 2 Nafziger 2015, p. 141.
  21. 1 2 Nafziger 2015, p. 142.
  22. Smith 1998, p. 494.
  23. Petre 1994, pp. 58–60.
  24. Nafziger 2015, p. 609.
  25. Petre 1994, pp. 60–61.
  26. Chandler 1966, pp. 972–973.

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