A Brief History
From August 29-30, 1813, The Battle of Kulm was fought near the town Kulm (Chlumec) and the village Přestanov in northern Bohemia, during the War of the Sixth Coalition, part of the Napoleonic Wars.
32,000 French troops under Dominique Vandamme attacked an army of about 50-60,000 Austrians, Russians and Prussians under Alexander Ostermann-Tolstoy. The French were defeated with heavy losses on both sides. The French lost some 5,000 killed or wounded and another 7,000-13,000 captured, including Vandamme, while the Austrian, Prussian, and Russian casualties and losses numbered around a similarly horrific 11,000 total.
For perspective, the total U.S. combat and civilian deaths in the recent wars in Afghanistan (2001-present) and Iraq (2003-2011) are currently at 2,356 and 4,497, respectively. Imagine suffering such losses in just one battle fought over just two days! Moreover, the Battle of Kulm was nowhere near being even the bloodiest of the war, but that is a much bigger story than this article and if you are interested in learning about that war and its broader historical context, we have just the book for you!
Now that our book, Simply Napoleon, has been published on Amazon in eBook form, we will be launching a special promotion. The promo begins on August 30 and will run as follows:
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After this week, the book will return to its normal price of $7.99. So we encourage you to tell your friends and colleagues about this limited time promotion. The sale is for U.S. only customers.
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Markham, J. David and Matthew Zarzeczny. Simply Napoleon. Simply Charly, 2017.
The featured image in this article, a painting by Alexander Kotzebue of the Battle of Kulm, is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or fewer.