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WeeWars06 Oct 2013 4:25 a.m. PST

I've put up a blog post about the cemetery at Essling before I start on the model:

link

Cheers, Michael

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2013 5:08 a.m. PST

Very interesting.
Nice blog.
Tom

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2013 5:33 a.m. PST

Agreed.

Spreewaldgurken Inactive Member06 Oct 2013 5:39 a.m. PST

I know that the author says it's still there, but I walked all over that battlefield two years ago, and as far as I can tell, that cemetery doesn't exist anymore.

I'm also a little confused by where he says it is. The Schafflerhofstrasse is substantially to the East of where the French positions ended.

I could be wrong, of course, but the locals told me that where the cemetery was, there's a greenhouse / plant & garden center there now. (Which I saw.)

WeeWars06 Oct 2013 2:42 p.m. PST

Great to be able to discuss this with someone who's been to the battlefield.

If you have Gill v2 Aspern, the cemetery is marked on the map on page 154 about 600m east of the Granary. It's mentioned on pages 170 and 189 and described as "just beyond the edge of town".

The old part of the present Essling Cemetery only appears to differ from Gill by being on the east side rather than the west of Schafflerhofstrasse. It would be interesting to see the dates of the gravestones in the old part. However, it is believed that the cemetery dates to the late 18th century so was there during the battle. The plots in the old part differ from the rest as being laid out religiously east/west unlike the later plots that follow the line of the present road.

Boudet was originally ordered to defend Gross-Enzersdorf, even further east, but was brought back to defend Essling. The cemetery was occupied by his men at this point but did not withstand the first Austrian attack, the French pulling back further only to regain the cemetery with the attack of the Guard the next day.

paulalba Inactive Member06 Oct 2013 4:39 p.m. PST

That's a cracking blog you have there Michael,
I have been picking up faller/kibri/vollmer HO buildings for my 18mm naps. Maybe I should have went with the N guage for a smaller footprint?

We have 4 guys at our club collection 10mm Nap armies for GdB where are you in Scotland?
Cheers
Paul

WeeWars07 Oct 2013 1:30 a.m. PST

Hi Paul,

Smaller footprint is a good idea but I prefer to keep buildings looking to-scale -- especially doors!

You can email me through my website:

michaelscott.name

Cheers, Michael

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