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  • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
    A John Gill reissue a must to have so I have been told.

    Thanks for the heads up, James. I will buy it for sure.
    My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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    • Does anyone know any good novels about the Napoleonic wars.
      I have read all Novels about Harvey of the 6. Light Dragoons by Allan Mallinson and found them very readable.
      I have seen the films about Sharpe and Hornblower but I haven't read the books. Is there anything else?

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      • Hey, try this:

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Battle-Patri...9213979&sr=8-2

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exile-Patric...213979&sr=8-11

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Retreat-Patr...t_at_ep_dpt_10

        and this one if you find it in your language:

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hussard-Artu...214103&sr=1-65

        All are very good novels.
        "To hell wars Grudges and parties ! As our fathers Sing in real friends, The clink of glasses Roses and lilies. The clink of glasses Roses and lilies."

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        • Originally posted by the Iron Duke View Post
          Does anyone know any good novels about the Napoleonic wars.
          I have read all Novels about Harvey of the 6. Light Dragoons by Allan Mallinson and found them very readable.
          I have seen the films about Sharpe and Hornblower but I haven't read the books. Is there anything else?
          If you have only seen the films, you have missed a lot.
          The films are ok for (very) low-budget tv-productions, but worlds apart from the books.
          Get them-fast ;-).

          I really like them-despite having very costly sideeffects-after reading Sharpe is started to collect edged weapons..

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          • Definatly get the Sharpe books. The Hervey books are good,I hope that colonel Mallinson writes more.

            I also recommend the Alain Lausard books by Jack Howard.
            If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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            • Just ordered this;

              http://www.amazon.com/Peninsular-War...f=pd_rhf_p_t_3
              If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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              • Let me know what you think of it when yo get it Legate I am
                interested.

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                • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                  Let me know what you think of it when yo get it Legate I am
                  interested.
                  Had a look at that one but decide I will go for:

                  http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Peninsul...ref=pd_sim_b_2

                  Both are good buys I think but I prefer the maps in Robertson's.

                  Hope to purchase it at Christmas as a 'present' to myself!
                  http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                  • I think I would go for the heavy weight 400 pages vs 160 seems
                    to me there would be more content in the 400 pages.

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                    • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                      I think I would go for the heavy weight 400 pages vs 160 seems
                      to me there would be more content in the 400 pages.
                      Fair point - but the symbols in the bigger work are very modernest ala NATO ones

                      Works well at operational level - not so good at tactical level.
                      http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                      • Originally posted by Wolfe Tone View Post
                        Fair point - but the symbols in the bigger work are very modernest ala NATO ones

                        Works well at operational level - not so good at tactical level.
                        Yup! which is a bugger, I would say, if you can afford it, get both for the sum of £45.58.

                        Paul
                        ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                        All human ills he can subdue,
                        Or with a bauble or medal
                        Can win mans heart for you;
                        And many a blessing know to stew
                        To make a megloamaniac bright;
                        Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                        The Pixie is a little shite.

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                        • Seems Garth has a new one coming in 2011 dibby

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                          • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                            Seems Garth has a new one coming in 2011 dibby

                            Yes I know, and I can't wait.

                            Paul
                            ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                            All human ills he can subdue,
                            Or with a bauble or medal
                            Can win mans heart for you;
                            And many a blessing know to stew
                            To make a megloamaniac bright;
                            Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                            The Pixie is a little shite.

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                            • Just noticed these on Ken Trotman's site - may have to add to my Christmas list:

                              HOLLANDER (O.) NOS DRAPEAUX ET ETENDARDS, DE 1812 À 1815. Facsimile of 1902 edn., original was limited to just 250 copies, in French, 238pp., 30 illustrations (photographs of surviving items & engravings), P.B. 2006. Remains the definitive study of French colours of the later Empire. Original copies are impossible to find. £25.00

                              MAYNE (W.) & Capt.LILLIE A NARRATIVE OF CAMPAIGNS OF THE LOYAL LUSITANIAN LEGION DURING THE YEARS 1809, 1810 & 1811. Facsimile of 1812 edn., 346pp., P.B. 2005 reissue. Sir Robert Wilson raised the Loyal Lusitanian Legion at Oporto in 1808, consisting of 3 Portuguese battalions of light infantry, a squadron of horse & part of a battery. It did good service 1809-1810 & was then absorbed into the regular Portuguese army. £17.50

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                              • Originally posted by the Iron Duke View Post
                                Does anyone know any good novels about the Napoleonic wars.
                                I have read all Novels about Harvey of the 6. Light Dragoons by Allan Mallinson and found them very readable.
                                I have seen the films about Sharpe and Hornblower but I haven't read the books. Is there anything else?
                                PLEASE read 'Seven Men of Gascony' by RF Delderfield. This is a brilliantly written book about 7 light infantrymen. It's a great story and should really be a film. His 'Too Few For Drums' about British troops in the Peninsula is great too.

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