On this day: the Battle of Leipzig

The Battle of Leipzig, one of Napoleon’s worst defeats, concluded in Saxony on the 19th of October, 1813, after beginning on the 16th.

Involving nearly 600 000 troops, this was the biggest battle in Europe before World War One.

45 000 of Napoleon’s troops were killed or wounded, and 36 000 were captured.

The Sixth Coalition suffered 54 000 dead, wounded or missing.

The battle, painted in 1844.

Battle_of_Leipzig_11Battle of Leipzig 1813 painted in 1844

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