Wagram (5-6 Juillet 1809) : Le canon tonne sur les bords du Danube
"Such is the famous battle of Wagram, the greatest battle of modern times in number of men fighting, gathered together on the same ground at the sight of the observer. There were three hundred thousand men in the two armies, and from the extremity of the other, about two and a half leagues distant. We can imagine the beauty and majesty of this show. We had seven hundred pieces of cannon and the enemy had five hundred. Thus, twelve hundred guns were heard at the same time in this kind of closed field. It was through these phrases that Marshal Marmont summed up one of the greatest battles of the Empire. Only the battle of Leipzig will confront larger numbers.
During this conflict with Austria, Napoleon would know all the feelings. The joy, during his brilliant successes in Bavaria, the anguish and the sadness, during the worst hours of the battle of Essling, and finally, the relief at the evening of Wagram. The Austrian regiments, under the command of the Archduke Charles, proved more formidable adversaries than in 1805. On the banks of the Danube, on the 5th and 6th of July 1809, a page in the history of the Napoleonic Wars was about to turn, that of the brilliant victories of the Emperor.
Author: Frédéric Naulet