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Books: Best Books/Links on The Napoleonic Era

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  • I'm currently in the middle of two books on the period: Wellington's Engineers by Mark Thompson and European Armies of the French Revolution edited by Rick Schneid.
    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 the Iron Duke View Post
      Reading Bernard Cornwell's "Waterloo" at the moment. His 1st non fiction book. So far a very good read.
      Ah, my favorite book from that series It would deserve a stand-alone movie.

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      • About a week ago I received this excellent book.

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

        Mine is number 89 of 200 signed by the artist Christa Hook.

        On page 133, There is a full page picture that says it all for me, and that is a reconstruction of a gent of whom I have had a lot of admiration over the years of reading about the 95th Regiment of Foot [Riflemen]. That gent is Lieutenant James Gairdner of the 95th, depicted in full dress (c.1816), the only American (he returned home to the U.S in 1826 after retiring from the regiment in 1826) to serve in the regiment.

        Apart from a few, small examples of preliminary sketches and one or two photo's of Christa at work and of her in her younger years with her dad Richard Hook (another great Military artist), all the pictures are in full colour

        Oh! there is also a donation given to the Rifles Charity for every copy sold.

        The only criticism I have of the book, is that some of the pictures cover two pages, which means the bane of the spine crease.

        The book price is only 15.00 / $23.00 / 21.00 euros.

        I rate the book 9/10

        If it weren't for the pictures spanning two pages, I would give it the full 10.

        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 ordered these two Kieth Rocco illustrated books that are due out in March.

          http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1...ilpage_o00_s00

          http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1...ilpage_o00_s00


          After these two I'm going to sit on my hands as I have far too many 'yet-to-read' books which seem to be accumulating into a library all of its own!

          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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          • At last!

            An American Sharpe

            http://www.garethglovercollection.com/whatsnew.htm

            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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            • Sad death of an historian.

              http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews...sQD?li=BBoPWjQ

              https://www.amberley-books.com/throu...ellington.html

              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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              • I have just made myself a cup of tea, just had a late breakfast and will now lay back on the sofa and read my latest tome which I had taken delivery of this morning. It's this one.



                When I have read it, I will of course give my opinion. I will also give ratings (though not a long critique of them as I would be at it 'tippi-tapping' on my keyboard for longer than I care) of the other books I have read over the past few years but have not commented on; not because they are necessarily bad, but because I was bad in not giving them a rating because of laziness

                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.

                Comment


                • le passepoil

                  on this link you can download 13 issues of the French magazine le passepoil
                  http://www.napoleon-online.de/quellen_lepassepoil.html
                  have fun

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                  • Originally posted by repd View Post
                    on this link you can download 13 issues of the French magazine le passepoil
                    http://www.napoleon-online.de/quellen_lepassepoil.html
                    have fun
                    I was wrong after an update its all issue's from 1920 until 1950 with four specials extra
                    its something you must not miss

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                    • Nice find Dirk!

                      After what I have been posting of late on this and the TMP Napoleonics site concerning that densly land-mine strewn field of British army uniforms, I thought that I would start a new thread soon which may be of interest.

                      It may be ready for posting on Sunday or Monday, depending on if I have the time.

                      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.

                      Comment


                      • I really need a good recommendation for a book which describes in some detail the everyday routine and work of British cavalry officers and men during the Napoleonic wars at home and on campaign. I found plenty about drill, parades, guard duty, marches, etc. But there were not marches or parades every day. What did they do on a day to day basis. What were the responsibilities of officers and men when they got up in the morning until they went to bed? Any recommendations?

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                        • Originally posted by the Iron Duke View Post
                          I really need a good recommendation for a book which describes in some detail the everyday routine and work of British cavalry officers and men during the Napoleonic wars at home and on campaign. I found plenty about drill, parades, guard duty, marches, etc. But there were not marches or parades every day. What did they do on a day to day basis. What were the responsibilities of officers and men when they got up in the morning until they went to bed? Any recommendations?
                          I do believe that the first thing was to excercise the horses early in the morning, clean out the stables, feed and groom them then have a parade, break for something to eat. There would also be guard duty, looking after the tack, more horse excercise, feeding grooming, mid-day meal more training, drill, excercising the horse, wash down, groom, clean up bed the horses down be dismissed, out for a pint and a wad. A trained trooper would spend most of his time looking after his mount, tack and equipment and guard duty.

                          Parades (Not the grand formal types) were part of every day duties. It was for making sure all were present, orders, inspections, sickness etc.

                          Paul
                          Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 17 Mar 17, 19:55.
                          ‘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 a heads up (Especially Kevin if he's interested) to say that 'at last! this tome is actually being delivered in the next few days....Hooray!



                            It's been so long a coming that I can't remember when I ordered it

                            Paul
                            Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 29 Sep 17, 11:51.
                            ‘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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                            • This is before the period, but it is also vital in order to study the Army of Frederick the Great and the relationship it had to the Prussian Army of 1806 that was disastrously defeated in the Jena Campaign:

                              The Uniforms of the Prussian Army under Frederick the Great 1740-1786 is two volumes in a deluxe edition and runs about $200.00. It is highly recommended.
                              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.

                              Comment


                              • Originally posted by Dibble201Bty View Post
                                Just a heads up (Especially Kevin if he's interested) to say that 'at last! this tome is actually being delivered in the next few days....Hooray!



                                It's been so long a coming that I can't remember when I ordered it

                                Paul

                                I seem to have trouble with photobucket again!

                                The book in question in the post above is Napoleons Gods by Paul Dawson.

                                It's in the same format as his Waterloo books but the contemporary illustrations will be new to most and he's also brought together the 'six angle' studies that were done by Rousselot. I have only glanced through the text (I'm busy with the minefield of British militia, Yeomanry and volunteer uniform research at the moment) and I can at least report that it is a very comprehensive tome of some 400 pages.



                                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.

                                Comment

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