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GriffinTwoSix

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on: May 26, 2020, 07:09:55 AM
Hey all,

   What are your guys' favorite books on individual battles or specific campaigns from the Napoleonic Wars?



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Reply #1 on: May 26, 2020, 07:47:13 AM
I have 'Waterloo, The Hundred days' by David Chandler which is very good. Having said that, I'm by no means big on the period (but don't tell Jim) so I guess its all a bit subjective.

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Reply #2 on: May 26, 2020, 07:58:12 AM
Haha, same I'm normally focused on the ACW, my Napoleonic knowledge is pretty general.  I just listened to the Napoleon: A Life audiobook which was pretty decent but unfortunately it seemed to hyper focus on things like Josephine's letters and then will say some fighty stuff happened in Italy. I actually just today got the Campaigns of Napoleon which is also by Chandler!  I'll have to check out his Hundred Days book as well.



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Reply #3 on: May 26, 2020, 09:01:10 AM
Also, on my Kindle, I have 'The History of Napoleon Buonaparte'  by John Gibson Lockhart, and that is a very interesting read. I remember correctly, it was either a free download or at least, very cheap. Well worth getting  :bigthumb:

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Reply #4 on: May 26, 2020, 09:04:56 AM
My sentimental favorite is the West Point Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars by Esposito and Eating.
Discovered this about 1968 and it got me hooked on the era.
Most books have a dearth of maps.  This was because most publishers charged the author for the maps.  That's why books that cry for visual aids have so few, and these usually out of scale.

Seeing the maps, showing the sweep of the maneuvers got me.
And the text was so well written.
Marshal Brune's note: a la Brune was the French army's version of all screwed up.  His greatest weaknesses were a reputed tendency to loot and the belief he was a poet.  After Waterloo he was attacked by a royalist mob, died sneering at his assassin's marksmanship.

Duke of Wellington: bit of a toady and more of a snob.

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