The two main islands that I needed to model for my Aspern-Essling set-up were designated by the French army as Ile du Moulin and Ile Espagne. All the major islets along the Stadtler Arm of the Danube eventually acquired new French names as Lobau Island became a fortified base for the eventual advance across the Danube preceding the Battle of Wagram. From an assortment of maps, the shapes of the small islands were open to interpretation. This wasn’t helped by the changes to the Stadtler Arm due to silting or land reclamation even within 50 years of the battle. The positions of the islets, however, appeared more consistent.

Making Ile du Moulin & Ile Espagne

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