9b War of the 6th coalition

Due to the military alliance of Prussia and France high-ranking opponents of the collaboration emigrated to Russia. It was here where people recognized that a defeat of Napoleon would only be successful if the people were mobilized. After Freiherr vom Stein (1757-1831) convinced the tzar in St. Petersburg to keep on fighting westward due to the catastrophe of the Russian campaign, the Prussian general Ludwig von Yorck and the Russian count Diebitz signed the Convention of Tauroggen. It was only one day later, on the 31st December 1812 that the Prussians left the Grand Armée. The Convention of Tauroggen has been agreed on without the approval of the Prussian king. The patriotic spirit rose constantly during the advancement towards the west. While the king and his entourage were still hesitating he was forced to act by pro-Russian and anti-Napoleonic publications. When the king decided to join the national movement according to his understanding, he felt compelled to use public organs for himself. The royal call to form voluntary trooper detachments was a big success: 50.000 were craftsmen, workers and students formed Landwehr and Landsturm detachments. The names of the volunteers were published in the press. Requests for in-kind and money donations were determined to equip the army. This publicity mobilized the people to an extent which had never before occurred in German history.