Napoleonic French Infantry and Cavalry around the time of the Battle of Leipzig (1813.) After his disastrous campaign in Russia, Napoleon was forced to almost completely rebuild his grand army from scratch. All available manpower reserves were called up for service and miraculously Napoleon was able to raise a new army of over 800,000 men, a force larger than that which he had taken to Russia. Though in doing so France was left with no reinforcements meaning while the armies of Austria, Russia, and Prussia could replace men killed or wounded In battle France could not. Another problem for Napoleon’s Grand Army was it’s weaken Cavalry force, Napoleon had lost over 200,000 horses during the invasion of Russia a loss that could not easily be remedied. Without an effective cavalry force Napoleon could not capitalize on his victories or gather sufficient information on enemy troop movements. In the War of the Sixth Coalition Napoleon’s once thought to be invincible Army was defeated at the Battle of Leipzig, Coalition Forces chased Napoleon back across the Rhine and right to the gates of Paris where Napoleon officially surrendered and went into his first exile on the island of Elba.