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Friday, September 13, 2013

DM1813LEI - BATTLE OF LEIPZIG MEMORIAL STATION

Special event station DM1813LEI commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig will be on the air from August 1st to October 31st, 2013.

Die Sonderstation DM1813LEI zum Gedenken der 200. Wiederkehr der Völkerschlacht bei Leipzig ist vom 1. August bis 31. Oktober 2013 in der Luft.

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The Battle of Leipzig or Battle of the Nations was fought by the coalition armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden against the French army of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, at Leipzig, Saxony from October 16th to 19th, 1813. Napoleon's army also contained Polish and Italian troops as well as Germans from the Confederation of the Rhine. The battle marked the culmination of the fall campaign of 1813 during the German campaign and involved over 600,000 soldiers, making it the largest battle in Europe prior to World War I.

In this most important battle of the war of liberation against Napoleonic domination, the numerically superior allied armies defeated Napoleon Bonaparte decisively forcing him to retreat from Germany with his remaining residual army and without allies.

During the battle approximately 100.000 soldiers out of the participating 600.000 lost their lives, while tens of thousands of wounded lay half starved in hospitals, churches and public buildings. Emerging epidemics also took hold of large parts of the population of Leipzig. Starvation and poverty, destruction and sorrow were immense.




ONE HUNDRED YEARS LATER, IN 1913, A COLOSSAL MONUMENT OF THE BATTLE OF LEIPZIG WAS INAUGURATED. - TODAY, THIS PROMINENT LANDMARK STANDS AS A EUROPEAN-WIDE MEMORIAL FOR PEACE.

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