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  • Originally posted by debrito View Post
    Hi guys,

    If you don’t mind, may I ask which is the best not-that-expensive reference-book which will give us some details regarding the decision of the marching from le campement de Boulogne towards Austerlitz 1805, and as much details during this march as possible, when Napoleon said to Murat and I think Compans (‘’Personne n’a jamais vu 200 000 hommes se déplacer en deux semaines au cœur de l’Europe…C’est impossible que nous allons faire, c’est pour cela que ce n’est plus une Armée et si La Grande Armée’’)

    Regards
    Rodrigo
    I don't know of any history in English that talks about just the strategic movement from the Channel, across France, and into Germany to surround and compel the surrender of Mack at Ulm.

    It is included in works on the campaign of 1805, beginning with the Esposito/Elting Atlas, continuing with Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon.

    There is, however, a short work by FN Maude, The Ulm Campaign, which might be what you are looking for.

    The reason for Napoleon's change from facing England across the Channel was the Austrian invasion of Bavaria, Napoleon's ally. The Austrians were 'hired' by the British government and given subsidies to once again fight against France. Sherwig's Guineas and Gunpowder outlines quite well the series of subsidies that Great Britain gave to the coalitions to fight Napoleon on the continent.

    You might want to take a look at Alembert's and Colin's study of the 1805 campaign, which is available on Google Books:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=v8l...emagne&f=false

    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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    • Originally posted by Massena View Post

      The reason for Napoleon's change from facing England across the Channel was the Austrian invasion of Bavaria, Napoleon's ally. The Austrians were 'hired' by the British government and given subsidies to once again fight against France. Sherwig's Guineas and Gunpowder outlines quite well the series of subsidies that Great Britain gave to the coalitions to fight Napoleon on the continent.
      Rather, Napoleon turned his aggressive Armee who, it must be remembered, was not just there to face 'England' but to invade, pillage, rape, destroy and enslave the peoples of those Isles. They were an aggressive force, built up in part on the proceeds of extorted funds (Whereas Britain gave funds to her Allies) and material from subjugated lands.

      Austria's Arm wasn't twisted, or threatened into war by Britain. Austria agreed and accepted financial help in her prosecution of war.

      Britain subsidised European countries throughout the 18th and early 19th century without threats. It wasn't just against Imperialistic Nappy, but also Royalist (who it was that most of those subsidies were ranged against) and revolutionary France.

      If you are going to fight a war against such an enemy who wishes to destroy your way of life and occupy your land, It would be criminal to not fight them with all means at your disposal.

      Anyway, Britain, along with Portugal and Spain campaigned the longest in Europe against France, for some six and a half years. If all the other land engagements and colonial battles were included, then Britain fought Nappy constantly on land from General to jail, let alone at sea.

      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 Massena View Post
        I don't know of any history in English that talks about just the strategic movement from the Channel, across France, and into Germany to surround and compel the surrender of Mack at Ulm.

        It is included in works on the campaign of 1805, beginning with the Esposito/Elting Atlas, continuing with Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon.

        There is, however, a short work by FN Maude, The Ulm Campaign, which might be what you are looking for.

        The reason for Napoleon's change from facing England across the Channel was the Austrian invasion of Bavaria, Napoleon's ally. The Austrians were 'hired' by the British government and given subsidies to once again fight against France. Sherwig's Guineas and Gunpowder outlines quite well the series of subsidies that Great Britain gave to the coalitions to fight Napoleon on the continent.

        You might want to take a look at Alembert's and Colin's study of the 1805 campaign, which is available on Google Books:

        http://books.google.com/books?id=v8l...emagne&f=false

        Sincerely,
        M

        Thank you Massena, appreciated
        Rodrigo

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        • Originally posted by debrito View Post
          Thank you Massena, appreciated
          Rodrigo
          You're very welcome.

          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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          • Just a heads up for anyone interested.

            http://www.christahook.co.uk/

            I've got my name down!

            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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            • Thanks Dibs, that's mi' Father's Day prezzie sorted for the underlings!
              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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              • Reading Bernard Cornwell's "Waterloo" at the moment. His 1st non fiction book. So far a very good read.

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                • This is a heads up on a release of what looks like a very interesting up-coming book. Not only that, as you scroll down you will see some very interesting reconstructions of Napoleonic uniforms.

                  http://www.unseenwaterloo.co.uk/#home

                  I have ordered a copy for the grand total of £55.00 that includes £5.00 postage.

                  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ok/description

                  Paul
                  Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 09 May 15, 16:06.
                  ‘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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                  • My copy of Unseen Waterloo came this morning, which is a big book '28cm x 38cm'. It's got loads of pictures of re-enactors from all periods of the Napoleonic Wars, mostly scruffy with dirty, worn uniforms and equipment, that fill an entire page with the facing page of each picture blank apart from a tiny caption telling the title of the picture and what it depicts in about six words. There are also equestrian pictures that take up two entire pages with the obvious seam running down the middle.

                    There isn't much in the way of text other than about how the book was put together, and a brief run down of what happened on the day that include just a handful of first hand accounts with one included (rather suspect) from Thomas Morris, about Corporal of Horse, John Shaw.

                    I brought this book for novelty reasons, but the novelty soon wore off when I realised that I have paid for a book with a third of the 'black' pages almost totally blank, and all the re-enactors depicted from the upper thigh to the top of the head-dress (many with the plume out of shot too) and the equestrian ones with horses devoid of lower legs.

                    Here are a couple of my favourites at a glance:

                    Officier 7e Hussards


                    Private, 27th Regiment of Foot


                    And here is a picture of the spine-title and front of the book that came with no dust cover.



                    I give the book a rating of 6/10 which is the generous end.

                    For more information:

                    http://www.unseenwaterloo.co.uk/#home

                    Paul
                    Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 17 Jun 15, 13:35.
                    ‘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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                    • I have managed to find the entire set of 8 volumes of Sir Charles Oman's "A History on the Peninsular War" in the public domain on archive.org, through the University of Toronto's Fisher Rare Book Library.

                      It's quite informative, and Oman is an engaging writer, although I feel I should have read Napier beforehand, given Oman's fondness for citing and criticizing him.

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                      • Maybe somebody has this book?


                        The book has a uniform plates?

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                        • This looks very very interesting indeed

                          http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Fight...rdback/p/11196

                          This is on my list too!

                          http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Welli...rdback/p/11495

                          Paul
                          Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 20 Oct 15, 03:09.
                          ‘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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                          • Hello, maybe somebody can help me. I'm looking for the French Journal "Carnet de Sabretache", the years of the 50th and 60th. The early one , before WW II, I have found. Thanks a lot, Otto

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                            • http://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engine/search/sru?operation=searchRetrieve&version=1.2

                              Originally posted by Muxfeldt View Post
                              Hello, maybe somebody can help me. I'm looking for the French Journal "Carnet de Sabretache", the years of the 50th and 60th. The early one , before WW II, I have found. Thanks a lot, Otto
                              check this link
                              http://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engin...49073t_date%22

                              I don't know if you already been on this site but there are 39 older issue's ready to view or download

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                              • Hello Dirk,
                                thanks for the link, but this are the old ones, before WW II.
                                Best regards
                                Otto

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