|Berlin c. 1800|
In 1813 the city and region of Berlin had a population of around 1.5 million, given that the allied armies had failed in May of 1813, there were efforts made to shore up the defenses of the city, notably written by Bulow. However, in the rush to enable recruitment and finding the cupboard empty of arms, many of the Landwher regiments were only partly armed with muskets, the rest having not much more than pikes or farm implements. The Freewilliger corps were even more hastily armed.
Certainly there would have been the manpower to improve the city defenses, similar to that found in advance of the Borodino battle, where massive earthworks were prepared.
What of the situation for our fictional Berlin in August 1813?
How many defenses were actually prepared to the south of the city?
What sort of civil defense measures might have been possible? Conscription? More wild partisan-like units?
What would happen to the million plus inhabitants of the city once Ney's advance cavalry guard arrived on the 18th August? Would there have been an evacuation already? Would there be a panic, that might interfere with military operations?
Please do comment on your thoughts about this situation.