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Napoleons Russian Campaign Eli Kamara The peace between France and Russia in 1807 lasted for five years but was not satisfactory to either side The Tilsit settlement was thought of by Napoleon as no more than a convenient truce In 1807 he had been in no position to invade Russia but there was no way that he could tolerate another European power for very long Napoleon felt that a war with Russia was necessary for crushing England by crushing the only power still strong enough him any trouble by joining her Napoleon began preparing for the war He secured the support of Austria and Prussia since even though neither was in any position to refuse Emperor Francis of Austria provided 34000 men to cover the French but sent secret messages to St Petersburg assuring Alexander that Austrian hostilities would be kept to a minimum Prussia though was placed in a less fortunate position With Berlin occupied by French and most of their 1807 debt to be paid it had no alternative but to provide 25000 men and supply quarters and rations for the entire army The rest of Napoleons Grand Army came from the many countries under his direct control The Kingdom of Italy sent 45000 men the Grand Duchy of Warsaw 35000 The Kingdoms of Bavaria Saxony and Westphalia each sent 17000 men and there were many additions from various other nations under Napoleons control In all the army totaled to 600000 men While Napoleon had an enormous army he made though inadequate preparations for supplying the troops The provisions that he arranged for were not intended to provide all that the troops would need as they fought their way to Moscow This was because Napoleon visualized a short campaign ending in a decisive victory In a speech to his troops on June 22 he announced that In less than two months time the Russians will be asking for peace His
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