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Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Loyer » November 30th, 2016, 3:39 pm

Hello guys. I hope I am in the correct forum for some help.

I was on a bus tour of Poland and East Germany . We then proceded to visit the huge Russian monument to Buchenwald. After seeing Buchenwald monument we left Weimar and headed west. Somewhere between Weimar and Erfurt the guide pointed out a Napoleonic battlefield and it's roadside monument. The large Russian tower was off in the distance maybe 5 miles away . I attach a photo of that monument as we zoomed passed.

Do any of you recognize what battle this monument commemorateds? Thanks for any help you can give me.


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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby DaveH » November 30th, 2016, 10:52 pm

Could be some end phase of Jena, which is east of Weimar, but French forces did press on towards Apolda I think.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Senarmont198 » November 30th, 2016, 11:04 pm

Ruchel marched for Jena on 14 October 1806 from Weimar, so it might mark that event. He was previously in Erfurt.

Erfurt itself capitulated on 16 October 1806.

In early 1813 the Grande Armee marched through Erfurt and Weimar on the way east to Lutzen.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Skarpskytten » December 1st, 2016, 5:16 am

I've been leafing through Digby Smith Napoleonic Wars Data Book but is unable to find a good match for 1806 or 1813.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Dominique T. » December 1st, 2016, 12:15 pm

That is not a battlefield memorial. This monument was erected on the place where Napoleon met Alexander before the meeting at Erfurt. It is mentioned in the Guide Napoleon.

http://napoleon-monuments.eu/Napoleon1er/Bibliographie.htm
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Dominique T. » December 1st, 2016, 12:19 pm

It's at Utzberg and was erected in 1913.
The inscriptions are very hard to read now :
« IN DEUTSCHLANDS TIEFSTER SCHMACH / ZUM FÜRSTEKONGRESS IN ERFURT 1808 / BEGRÜSSTEN SICH HIER AM 27. SEPTEMBER / UND VERABSCHIEDETEN SICH AM 14. OKTOBER / NAPOLEON I. UND ZAR ALEXANDER VON RUSSLAND. / FÜNF JAHRE SPÄTER VERFOLGTEN DEUTSCHE UND / RUSSISCHE TRUPPEN AUF DIESER STRASSE / DIE BEI LEIPZIG GESCHLAGENEN TRUPPEN. »

« DEUTSCHLAND / SEI WACHSAM / GEGEN DIE IMPERIALISTEN. »

« 1813 – 1913 / ZUR / HUNDERTJAHRIGEN / JUBELFEIER / DER ERHEBUNG / DEUTSCHLANDS / UND / UNTERDRÜCKUNG / DER / FREMDHERRSCHAFT / NAPOLEONS. »

It's in 50° 58’ 21.02’’ N ; 11° 10’ 35.61’’ E.

Ref : Guide Napoléon.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Loyer » December 1st, 2016, 1:23 pm

Thank you guys. I guess I came to the right forum for help.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Senarmont198 » December 1st, 2016, 3:25 pm

Good catch, Dominique-very well done.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby DaveH » December 1st, 2016, 4:32 pm

I suppose there was some fighting them during the post-Leipzig pursuit in 1813.
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Re: Napoleonic Battlefield Near Weimar

Postby Dominique T. » December 2nd, 2016, 8:45 am

DaveH wrote:I suppose there was some fighting them during the post-Leipzig pursuit in 1813.

Maybe some skirmishes, like in hundreds of places. Anyhow, this is NOT a memorial to any of these skirmishes, and I gave you the complete inscriptions on the monument. No mention whatsoever of 1813.
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