Rare, 78 th bulletin of the great army of the time.
Size approximately 40 cm by 51 cm. (folded in 4) has been displayed (small holes not very visible). Good condition.
History: The battle of GUTTSTADT, which takes place on June 4, 5, 6 and 7, 1807 in Guttstadt, is part of the preparatory battles for the battle of Friedland. After the battle of Eylau, the French army takes up its winter quarters behind the Passarge. In March, the 6th corps of Marshal Ney was commissioned by Napoleon I to retake the city of Guttstadt to prevent the Russians from using Germany to mask their movements. The French remain there until June in difficult conditions due to the lack of supplies. The Russian commander, General Levin August von Bennigsen, decides to surprise the French army while it is still in its cantonments and consequently very dispersed. Accompanied by the Grand Duke Constantine, he appeared on June 4, 1807 at the head of 50,000 to 63,000 men against the 15,000 men of the 6th Corps. Simultaneously, the Prussian corps of L'Estocq attacked the 1st corps of Marshal Bernadotte at Spanden and Dokhtourov attacked the 4th corps of Marshal Soult at Lomitten. Marshal Ney has the Marchand division north of Guttstatd, around the village of Altkirch and the Bisson division south of the city, around the villages of Glottau, Knopen, Lingnau and Queetz. On the morning of June 5, General Bagration kidnapped Altkirch, but suspended his offensive to await the arrival of Sacken's forces. Upon arrival, Ney slowly retreats to Ankendorf, allowing Gortchakov to cross Germany to Guttstadt. In the evening, the French hold a line supported on Queetz lake and a forest north of Deppen. On the morning of the 6th, the Russians resumed the offensive, and Marshal Ney, desperate for the arrival of help from other bodies, was forced to retire. Several times surrounded, the French make their way through the bayonet and take advantage of the softness of the Russian pursuit to leave only a minimum of prisoners.
These Bulletins almost exclusively describe military activity and the plans of the Grand Army and its opponents - current or potential. Here and there are glowing comments about soldiers, officers and units for this or that action. They are addressed not only to the soldiers of the Grande Armée, to whom it allows a better understanding of the overall action in which they take part, but also to the public and foreign courts. It is for this reason a prodigious tool of communication of Napoleon, which gave birth among the grognards the expression "liar like a Bulletin" or "lying like a Bulletin".
Width : 40
Height : 50
Category : Pens & writting
Style : Empire
Period : 19th century
Price : 250 €