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  • #61
    Read 'em all when I was younger, and not just his Napoleonic scribblings, his books are like old friends. A firm favourite is 'Seven Men of Gascony', a march right through the Napoleonic Wars.

    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

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    • #62
      We are not now that strength which in old days
      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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      • #63
        Morning Everyone

        I have just joined the group.
        In relation to Ney, there is a single book worthy of note:

        'Marshal Ney - The Romances and the Real', Raymond Horricks, 1982

        "Unhappy man you were reserved for French bullets"

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        • #64
          Welcome to the forum. Ney is not my favorite marshal, but he is an interesting character and did not deserve to be judicially murdered by the Bourbons.

          You can find a copy here:

          https://www.amazon.com/Marshal-Ney-R...s=books&sr=1-2

          Along with...

          https://www.amazon.com/Military-Poli...s&sr=1-1-fkmr0

          As well as:

          https://www.amazon.com/Bravest-Brave...QT0XD123V3036W
          We are not now that strength which in old days
          Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
          Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
          To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post

            If the 'heroes' in question are slave owners and child torturers, then good riddance .
            There are towns in both Australia and New Zealand named in honour of Sir Thomas Picton with no move ,as far as I know, for a name-change. Mind you, that might only be because the "woke" community are not sufficient students of history, and,thus, have not got around to it yet.
            "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
            Samuel Johnson.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by Marshall Ney View Post
              Morning Everyone

              I have just joined the group.
              In relation to Ney, there is a single book worthy of note:

              'Marshal Ney - The Romances and the Real', Raymond Horricks, 1982

              "Unhappy man you were reserved for French bullets"
              We are honoured, no we've got two Marshals of the First Empire on our pokey little sub-forum!
              It's a shame, my dear Ney, that you arrive when our 'war room' is long past it's heyday. But a read of the archives will give you a taste of the glorious battles we've fought with each other down the years.

              The long toll of the brave
              Is not lost in darkness
              Over the fruitful earth
              And athwart the seas
              Hath passed the light of noble deeds
              Unquenchable forever.

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              • #67
                We are not now that strength which in old days
                Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                • #68
                  'The March of the Twenty Six' has certainly rekindled my interest in Boneypart's Marshals. I've been considering gleaning 'The Emperor's Friend', but at over seventy quid it's a tad daunting, for something I'll read once then stick on a shelf....
                  could be a candidate from the library though?

                  The long toll of the brave
                  Is not lost in darkness
                  Over the fruitful earth
                  And athwart the seas
                  Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                  Unquenchable forever.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                    'The March of the Twenty Six' has certainly rekindled my interest in Boneypart's Marshals. I've been considering gleaning 'The Emperor's Friend', but at over seventy quid it's a tad daunting, for something I'll read once then stick on a shelf....
                    could be a candidate from the library though?

                    Margaret Chrisawn, the author of The Emperor's Friend did an outstanding job researching and writing about Lannes. It is highly recommended.

                    The best and most useful of the biographies of the marshals is David Chandler's. As each marshal has a different biographer, however, the scholarship is uneven. The biographical sketches of the marshals in John Elting's Swords Around a Throne, however, are outstanding, the only drawback is that it is only one chapter in the book. The bibliography for that chapter is very helpful. You might also take a look at The Armies of the First French Republic by Phipps which is full of information on the future marshals.
                    We are not now that strength which in old days
                    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Von Richter View Post

                      We are honoured, no we've got two Marshals of the First Empire on our pokey little sub-forum!
                      It's a shame, my dear Ney, that you arrive when our 'war room' is long past it's heyday. But a read of the archives will give you a taste of the glorious battles we've fought with each other down the years.

                      It is a great shame that this particular forum has declined over the past few years. Some have migrated to the political forums where too many are jousting with windmills.
                      We are not now that strength which in old days
                      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                      • #71
                        History makes liars of the dead.

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                        • #72
                          Hello

                          Napoleonic history is still a major area of interest here in Ireland/UK - remembering more Irishmen fought for the British than ever fought against them.

                          The Irish in French service 'The Irish Legion' (1803) and those in Spanish service 'Regiment Irlandais' (1804/5) are specifically worthy of study. A point lost on many was that very few of these troops spoke English, Irish being their natural language. Anyone interested in Irish Napoleonic history might wish to look at the Osprey Men At Arms Book "The Wild Geese".

                          Irish troops have fought all over the world e.g.the 69th New York 'The Fighting Irish' fought in two world wars (now the 165th Infantry).

                          Ney

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                          • #73
                            Here, in one volume, you've Sir Thomas Picton and more fighting irishmen than yer can shake a stick at!

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                            The long toll of the brave
                            Is not lost in darkness
                            Over the fruitful earth
                            And athwart the seas
                            Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                            Unquenchable forever.

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by Marshall Ney View Post
                              Morning Everyone

                              I have just joined the group.
                              In relation to Ney, there is a single book worthy of note:

                              'Marshal Ney - The Romances and the Real', Raymond Horricks, 1982

                              "Unhappy man you were reserved for French bullets"
                              The book arrived yesterday, a prezzie from Herself. Today's my Birfday, I'm going to spend it reading, sat on the seafront of our pokey little seaside resort...
                              with Marshal Ney!
                              The long toll of the brave
                              Is not lost in darkness
                              Over the fruitful earth
                              And athwart the seas
                              Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                              Unquenchable forever.

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                              • #75
                                It's a comforting feeling to have a Napoleonic book draw you in as quick as they have ever done. This one has, I'm enjoying discovering Marshal Ney immensely. So damn the expense, next one up will be 'The Emperor's Friend'.

                                The long toll of the brave
                                Is not lost in darkness
                                Over the fruitful earth
                                And athwart the seas
                                Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                                Unquenchable forever.

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