The Austrians were determined to strike back and gathered more troops including some from the Kingdom of Naples. Part conquering megalomaniac, part revolutionary who brought greater freedoms to Europe as he expanded his empire, he left bloodshed and death in his wake but was dedicated to the advancement of France.
Unsurprisingly, he was an innovator in this field. He continually worked an eighteen to twenty hour day. This is not just a way to widen their horizons, but to also keep their minds alert and sharp, to make it easier for them to spot opportunities once they arise.
Napoleon was one of the greatest military minds in the history of warfare. At the end of the day the Russians withdrew after suffering 25, casualties while inflicting around 19, The First World War was led by men committed to a war of movement who, against all the evidence, persisted in believing it could be achieved.
Napoleon quickly saw much like many leaders in history before and after him that such an invasion had no chance of success unless the Royal Navy was neutralised, something that was a long way from happening.
Napoleon does deserve his traditional reputation as one of history's great military commanders. The emperor returned to Paris to strengthen his forces there, but the disaster in Russia and the continuing war in Spain and Portugal had emboldened his enemies.
The vast scale of Napoleonic warfare played a part. At Leipzig he faced an army of Prussian's, Austrians and Swedes numberingto his ownBy managing his anger, Napoleon was able to keep his emotions in check and keep a clear head on the battlefield, where every decision — even the smallest one — could make the difference between life and death.
The generals under the Consular regime and the marshals under the Empire formed a decisive and influential element of Napoleon's army.