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Napoleon at Wagram, painted by Horace Vernet (Galerie des Batailles, Versailles)

Napoleon at Wagram, painted by Horace Vernet (Galerie des Batailles, Versailles)

To ensure there would be no repeat of the disastrous river crossing in May, Napoleon’s bridging of the Danube this time was meticulously planned and executed. The first stretch of river to Schneidergrund was spanned by two well-constructed bridges, these also crossing the second stretch to Lobgrund with additional smaller bridge for infantry only. To prevent any Austrian attempts at disrupting the traffic, a line of poles was driven into the river bes to shield the new constructions and twenty boats were assigned to patrolling the river.

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