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10-22-2005, 08:00 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile10211/Napoleonic-War---Battle-of-Ratisbon-(Regensburg)-(map-overlays).htm>Napoleonic War - Battle of Ratisbon (Regensburg) (map overlays)</a></b><br><br>Pursuing the Austrians after the victory at Eckmuhl, Napoleon Bonaparte found the garrisoned old city at Ratisbon was a defensive shield for Archduke Charles' escape across the Danube.<br/>
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Wanting to keep his sword at the backs of the Austrians, Bonaparte had no time for a siege and so gave Marshal Jean Lannes the task of storming the city.<br/>
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Two well supported attempts were made on the walls, and both were pushed back with heavy casualties.<br/>
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Lannes' men could not bring themselves to advance into the maelstrom a third time and so, exasperated, Lannes grabbed a scaling ladder and renewed his appeal.<br/>
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Then, amid an embarrassed silence, he angrily shouted: "I will let you see that I was a grenadier before I was a marshal and still am one."<br/>
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He took the ladder and moved forwards, but was physically restrained by his aides.<br/>
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His troops, shamed into action by the despair of their leader, rushed forward. The third assault party carried the walls and within minutes French troops were pouring into the now-doomed Ratisbon.<br/>
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French casualties, including a wounded-in-the-ankle Bonaparte, were between 1500 and 2000 while the Austrians lost at least 6000 men killed, injured or captured.<br/>
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Sending Marshal Louis Davout to guard the north bank across the Danube, Bonaparte was now free to move on Vienna.<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/386143ratisbon.jpg>