A tour of the Aspern Essling Battlefield.


These pictures were taken by P-O Jönsson during a recent trip to Vienna.

The monument of the battle. The wounded Austrian lion is pinning down a French eagle. Both Aspern and Essling are now suburbs to Vienna that can be reached by bus and most of the marshes around the Danube has been drained.

The Marchfelt looking North.

These pictures are taken from just North-West of Essling. Unfortunately most of the area between the villages are now taken up by a enormous car-plant.

On the second day the French gunners of the Grand Battery had just about this view.

In this almost flat terrain Marualz, St. Sulpice and d'Espagne's divisions fought Liechtenstien's troopers during the first day, a massive battle involving over 10.000 cavalrymen.

It was also here that Napoleons last attempt to break the Austrian center failed on the second day.

The Northen tip of Essling where you can just make out the roof of the Granary (hex 33.16) among the trees of the Great Garden.

The slight rise on the horizon is Raasdorf where Napoleon's HQ was located during the battle of Wagram six weeks later.




The church in Aspern as seen looking west from hex 16.17. Both the church and village was destroyed during the battle, and was later rebuilt from the ground.

Allthrough he was mortally wounded far from it, the church also has a plaque commemorating Lannes (to the left of crucifix on the wall).

The massive Granary, seen from the South, towers over the rest of Essling. The mural on the wall is a sundial. The second day the Austrians managed to capture all of Essling save for this building that were defended by General Boudet and the remnants of his division. The Austrians where soon driven out by parts of the Imperial Guard.

The Granary seen from the east. Over this allmost level ground the Austrian Grenadiers charged five times against the close to one meter (3 feet) thick walls. The Grendiers lost more than eighty percent of their numbers and were reduced to trying to hack through the walls with their bayonets.


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