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  • Originally posted by Massena View Post
    Thanks very much, Z, a great find!

    How did you know that Marola, dit Marulaz, was one of my favorites?

    My wife is going to be very unhappy with me for yet another 'necessary' book!
    We've talked about Marulaz before.

    My pleasure, Kevin.
    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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    • Originally posted by Zouave View Post
      We've talked about Marulaz before.

      My pleasure, Kevin.
      I guess we did-I am getting old...

      Sincerely,
      M
      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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      • Getting.. or are.

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        • Gee, thanks...

          Sincerely,
          M
          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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          • This title was mentioned earlier but deserves a spotlight:
            Sergeant Bourgogne - with Napoleon's Imperial Guard in the Russian campaign and on the retreat from Moscow 1812 - 13
            http://www.amazon.com/Sergeant-Bourg..._bxgy_b_text_z

            I too started to shiver due to excellent retelling by the good sergeant of the travails of the retreat. Should be made into a film. It was that good.

            Another and humorous (compared to the above which is frightening) is MILITARY LIFE UNDER NAPOLEON: The Memoirs of Captain Elze'ar Blaze.
            http://www.amazon.com/MILITARY-LIFE-...+Eleazar+Blaze

            Elting's Sword Around a Throne is one of the finest dissection's of an organization imaginable. It is witty, informative and provides a flavor of the individualism of those times. I wish someone does similar for the Armies of the Civil War or the Frontier Army.
            Last edited by Felix C; 22 Jun 13, 17:25.

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            • I have just come into possession of this book:



              http://www.kentrotman.com/adds/bloodyfields.htm

              I have only had a coursory look at the colour and black & white plates which are many and excellent. And as soon as I have read it i'll post an appraisal.

              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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              • What is all the - MB BS FRCS (ENG and ED) ANS under
                his name suppose to signify???

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                • FRCS (ENG and ED) means Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, England and Edinburgh. MB means Bachelor of medicine, BS is bachelor of surgery.
                  Never Fear the Event

                  Admiral Lord Nelson

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                  • Originally posted by Post Captain View Post
                    FRCS (ENG and ED) means Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, England and Edinburgh. MB means Bachelor of medicine, BS is bachelor of surgery.
                    In other words 'he knows his stuff' Though he has made a slight factual error in the overview of the battle by saying that no British/Allied guns were spiked, when we know that one was by its Sergeant (I can't remember his name)

                    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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                    • Okay I'll step in the ring and say 'how does that make
                      him a historical expert'? and Dib pretty much made my
                      point by already pointing out an error right at the start
                      Hmmm...

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                      • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                        Okay I'll step in the ring and say 'how does that make
                        him a historical expert'? and Dib pretty much made my
                        point by already pointing out an error right at the start
                        Hmmm...
                        I mean those initials after his name makes him an expert in his medical profession. He has concentrated on the medical side of the battle, (he doesn't pretend to be a Gates, Muir Adkin or Barbereo military historian) he still has to set the scene and an overview of the campaign and how patients were cared for and the statistical aspects of who, how and why some died and many survived. Who where and how many of the wounded were nursed back to health to rejoin the colours or were invalided out. How long they took to recover. How the Belgian populace were bloody marvelous in their care of soldiers of all sides. And goes into the appointments, management and governance of the Army Medical Services, and to the detail of who was appointed and how much they were paid per day and its equivalence in todays money.

                        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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                        • Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
                          I mean those initials after his name makes him an expert in his medical profession. He has concentrated on the medical side of the battle, (he doesn't pretend to be a Gates, Muir Adkin or Barbereo military historian) he still has to set the scene and an overview of the campaign and how patients were cared for and the statistical aspects of who, how and why some died and many survived. Who where and how many of the wounded were nursed back to health to rejoin the colours or were invalided out. How long they took to recover. How the Belgian populace were bloody marvelous in their care of soldiers of all sides. And goes into the appointments, management and governance of the Army Medical Services, and to the detail of who was appointed and how much they were paid per day and its equivalence in todays money.

                          Paul
                          Paul
                          Very valid point you have made.
                          Regards
                          Tom

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                          • Thanks for the clarification Paul...

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                            • Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                              Thanks for the clarification Paul...
                              No worries mate!

                              I too would like clarification of how the great Belgian Doctor Louis Joseph Seutin (a picture of him on page ~32~) is captioned as beeing 18 years old at the time of the Campaign at which he served with great distinction, seeing as he was born on the 18th October 1793 + =

                              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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                              • Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
                                No worries mate!

                                I too would like clarification of how the great Belgian Doctor Louis Joseph Seutin (a picture of him on page ~32~) is captioned as beeing 18 years old at the time of the Campaign at which he served with great distinction, seeing as he was born on the 18th October 1793 + =

                                Paul
                                Err, I think that that's called a "misprint" or "typo", Paul!
                                If you want to see a real, seriously professional misprint, though, look at the first Hussar section in the late, great Y.W. Carman's British Army Headdress, Cavalry. He quotes a remark by "J.A. Atkinson in his Pictorial Representation of the Dress and Manners of the English." You'll never find it on the internet. Atkinson is the artist who is not cited on the title page. The author is William Alexander who is also not mentioned on the title page. Finally the title is not "Pictorial Representations...", but "Picturesque Representations...", so I guess that even the best of us can get it wrong. It's a lovely book, BTW; here's the link: http://archive.org/stream/picturesqu...ge/n7/mode/2up
                                One back for the many that you've given me.
                                Cheers,
                                Phil
                                They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
                                Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                                At the going down of the sun and in the morning
                                We will remember them.

                                Rest easy.

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