#15 – The Battle of Jena-Auerstedt

The twin battles of Jena and Auerstedt (older name: Auerstädt) were fought on October 14, 1806 on the plateau west of the river Saale in today’s Germany, between the forces of Napoleon I of France and Frederick William III of Prussia. The decisive defeat suffered by the Prussian army resulted in Prussia’s elimination from the anti-French coalition up until the liberation war of 1813.

Some links to topics discussed on this episode:

Battle of Jena-Auerstedt
The Confederation of the Rhine
and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire
Queen Louise of Prussia
Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte

David has provided the following photos of objects from his collection which provide a pictorial dimension to this episode:

Queen Louise of Prussia

The Battle of Jena

Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples

Vive Le Empereur!

Today, 2 December 2006, is the 202nd anniversary of Napoleon’s Coronation as Emperor Of The French and the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Austerlitz. Vive Le Empereur!

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