There are three campaign areas in
Northern Germany –
Central Germany –
Southern Germany –
Second French Army
The Second French army is deployed along the river Elbe from
The Prussian army did not take part in the Russian campaign of the previous year. Prince Blucher has concentrated his four corps around
First French Army
In early May 1813 Napoleon is aware that central
At the end of the previous year Kutuzov had halted his weary army at
Third French Army
Napoleon was not expecting any trouble in southern
Orders of Battle
Full orders of battle and photographs of each army and corps can be found on the blog 1813 Campaign Armies.
Magdeburg Campaign 1-16 May 1813
The opening shots of the campaign were exchanged in northern Germany along the banks of the river Elbe. Blucher crossed the river before the French could concentrate to oppose him. He fought three battles on the west bank, and won all of them. However he lost the fourth, and largest, at Magdeburg.
At the end of the campaign he held Magdeburg and two bridge heads over the river. However all of his troops were on the east bank, and the French were ready to defend the west bank should he try again.
Halle Campaign 17 May - 13 June 1813
To support Blucher, Kutuzov leads the Russian army forward from Dresden to the river Saale, where they defeat the French in the opening battles, and even cross to the west bank. However when Napoleon arrives with the garde the Russians are thrown back accross the river and back towards Leipzig.
At the end of the campaign Napoleon holds the east bank of the river Saale, but the early defeats have left his army unable to rout the Russians and move against the Prussians in the north as planned.