This paper involves an in-depth study of the art of command at all three levels of warfare. It examines this art through the eyes of one of Napoleon's Marshals, Louis N. Davout. The paper addresses and accomplishes three primary goals. First, it defines act of command and shows its relevance to modern day warfare. Second, the paper shows that Marshal Davout was the best of Napoleon's generals and had an art of command that rivaled the Emperor himself. Finally, the paper demonstrates how Davout was instrumental in winning the battle of Abensberg Eckmuehl. The study proves that Marshal Davout displayed an art of command at Abensberg Eckmuehl that ensured success for Napoleon during the early phases of his Austrian campaign of 1809. It does this through a detailed analysis of his actions throughout the five days of fighting from April 19 to April 23, 1809. The study then draws conclusions to help define the art of command from Davout's actions. Art of Command, Louis N. Davout, Abensberg- Eckmuehl, Napoleonic Warfare
January 1, 2021 Subject:
Analysis of Marshal Davout's actions and mindset
This is a straightforward, lucid paper on the strengths of Marshal Davout when he held off Austrian troops of far greater strength without help from Napoleon. It explains how he succeeded and what qualities he needed (and had) in order to avoid defeat against a far more powerful enemy force.
My only correction is that Bourrienne's memoir was not written by a loyal friend of Napoleon but a very disloyal ex-friend of Napoleon who did everything he could to bring down Napoleon.