February 8, 1807
forced Marshal Ney from camp
with an all-out offensive near Konigsberg, Russia's General
Bennigsen suddenly found himself, and his 74,500 men, face
to face with Napoleon Bonaparte
and a much smaller army of fewer than 50,000.
French emperor attacked, knowing he had reinforcements due
under the commands of Marshal
Davout and Ney.
A fierce snowstorm hampered his plans and his assaults foundered
in the face of the blizzard and stubborn resistance.
Davout arrived he was thrown against the Russian left and
although he managed to turn it, his flanking action was
stopped by the arrival of Prussian reinforcements.
Ney's arrival did little to change the balance of the struggle
which is regarded as being fought in some of the worst weather
of the era.
suffered 23,000 casualties the Russians withdrew leaving
Bonaparte to claim the field.
site, however, was covered by 22,000 dead and wounded Frenchmen.