0800 to 1200 16 August 1813
Emperor Napoleon French Commander in Chief
The first report of the surrender of 2nd French corps at Possneck was met with a predictable, and very understandable, Napoleonic outburst. It was just as well that the unfortunate Marshal Victor was not able to deliver the news in person.
The rage quickly gave way to a cold determination to prevent the Russians taking advantage of the situation. Berthier was summoned with his maps and a new battle plan decided. Orders were written and signed and duty ADCs on the road within an hour of the news reaching Imperial Headquarters.
The French would stand and fight.