The History of Germany, from the Earliest Period to 1842 Volume 3

The History of Germany, from the Earliest Period to 1842 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ... although far from being a devote, declared, " The cause of the national ignorance lies chiefly in the atheism and demoralization produced by the government of Frederick II. The enlightenment, so highly praised in the Prussian states, simply consists in a loss of energy and power." The main body of the Prussian army was stationed around Weimar and Jena, a small corps under General Tauenzien was pushed forward to cover the rich magazines at Hof, and a reserve of seventeen thousand men under Eugene, duke of Wurtemberg, lay to the rear at Halle. It was remarked that this position, in case of an attack being made by Napoleon, was extremely dangerous, the only alternatives left for the Prussian army being, either to advance, form a junction with the gallant Hessians and render the Rhine the seat of war, or, to fall back upon the reserve and hazard a decisive battle on the plains of Leipsig. That intriguing impostor, Lucchesini, the oracle of the camp, however, purposely declared that he knew Napoleon, that Napoleon would most certainly not attempt to make an attack. A few days afterwards, Napoleon, nevertheless, appeared, found the pass at Kb'sen open, cut off the Prussian army from the right bank of the Saal, from its magazines at Hof and Naumburg, which he also seized, from the reserve corps stationed at Halle, and from Prussia. Utterly astounded at the negligence of the duke of Brunswick, he exclaimed, whilst comparing him with Mack, "Les Prussiens sont encore plus stupides que les Autrichiens!" On being informed by some prisoners that the Prussians expected him from Erfurt when he was already at Naumburg, he said, " Us se tromperont furieusement, ces perruques." He would, nevertheless, have been on his part exposed more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491793
  • 9781236491794