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GERMANY 16-19 Oct 2013 Leipzig marks Napoleonic war bicentenary with vast reenactment

The city of Leipzig in Saxony marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Leipzig – also known as the Battle of the Na

October 16, 2013 - NULL

GERMANY 16-19 Oct 2013 Leipzig marks Napoleonic war bicentenary with vast reenactment

The city of Leipzig in Saxony marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Leipzig - also known as the Battle of the Nations and Völkerschlacht - with a 6000-strong re-enactment. In the most decisive engagement of the Napoleonic wars. Forces from all over Europe brought about the end of the French Empire east of the Rhine. The 17-24 Oct special events also mark the centenary of the completion of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, built at the center of the battlefield outside Leipzig. Described as

GERMANY 16-19 Oct 2013 Leipzig marks Napoleonic war bicentenary with vast reenactment

The city of Leipzig in Saxony marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Leipzig - also known as the Battle of the Nations and Völkerschlacht - with a 6000-strong re-enactment. In the most decisive engagement of the Napoleonic wars. Forces from all over Europe brought about the end of the French Empire east of the Rhine. The 17-24 Oct special events also mark the centenary of the completion of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, built at the center of the battlefield outside Leipzig. Described as the biggest battle of the 19th Century, it involved almost 600,000 combatants and killed some 100,000. Representatives from the nations involved in the fighting have been invited for the week-long event.

According to the organizers, they will meet in Leipzig "in a spirit of European goodwill for the purpose of looking to the past and the future together."

Between approximately 185,000 French and other troops under Napoleon, fought approximately 320,000 allied troops. The allies included Austrian, Prussian, Russian and Swedish forces. They were commanded respectively by Prince Karl Philipp Schwarzenberg, General Gebhard Leberecht Blücher, General Leonty Leontyevich Bennigsen, and the Swedish crown prince Jean Bernadotte

The monument, which stands 298 feet high and took almost 15 years to build, is one of Europe's biggest. It is the most famous work of Bruno Schmitz, the architect who also built the Kyffhäuser monument or the Kaiser Wilhelm monument. (WRITTEN OCT 2012)

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http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/newsarchiv/2012/2013-Leipzig-will-be-celebrating-the-double-centenary-of-the-Voelkerschlacht-and-the-Voelkerschlacht-Memorial-22048.shtml

Battle of Leipzig (Encyclopedia Britannica)
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/335470/Battle-of-Leipzig

Date written/update: 2013-10-16