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On This Day | Capitulation of Stettin

Postby Mark » October 30th, 2013, 1:03 pm

Today is the 207th anniversary of the Capitulation of Stettin. Prussian forces under Friedrich Romberg surrendered to a much smaller force of French under Antoine Lasalle. Stettin was one of a number of quick surrenders following the crushing defeat of the Prussians at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt earlier in the month.

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Re: On This Day | Capitulation of Stettin

Postby Josh&Historyland » October 30th, 2013, 3:44 pm

And most noteable for the city being taken without proper siege or assault, by an inferior number of cavalry and by Lasalle's bluff, it was of course undertaken under conditions which made it possible, without the Prussian defeats earlier I doubt he could have pulled it off.

Napoleon complimented Murat, Lasalle's superior (showing how the chain of command works here) "My compliments on the capture of Stettin; if your light cavalry thus takes fortified towns, I must disband the engineers and melt down my heavy artillery."

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