Monday, August 13, 2012

Reaction to the counteroffensive - 200 years ago

Napoleon's first reaction on receipt of news of Inkovo had been to suspend preparations for the drive on Smolensk and order the army to concentrate around the nucleus of the IIIrd Corps near Lyosno in readiness to meet the Russian attack.  However, by the 10th it appeared that this desirable event was not, after all, forthcoming; Barclay had halted in his tracks.  Consequently, Napoleon canceled the concentration at Lyosno and reverted to his preparations for the Maneuver of Smolensk.

~ D. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, p.783

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