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Austerlitz 1805 [Paperback]

David Chandler , Bryan Fosten
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Aug. 1 1999 Trade Editions (Book 2)
75 b/w photos, 14 color illustrations, 7 x 9, Trade edition of Campaign 96

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David Chandler is the former head of the Department of War Studies at Sandhurst, Britain's Royal Military Academy, and a military historian of international renown. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The first step on the long road that was ultimately to lead to the Battle of Austerlitz was taken late on 14 March 1804, when a party of French dragoons commanded by General de Brigade Michel Ordener violated the neutral territory of Baden to seize Louis Antoine Henri de Bourbon-Conde, Duc d'Enghien, at the town of Ettenheim. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start Oct. 31 2002
Format:Paperback
Austerlitz 1805: Battle of the Three Emperors (Osprey Military Campaign Series, No. 2)by David G. Chandler is a good start for anyone who wants to learn more about the Austerlitz campaign and Napoleon's rise to European ascendency. The author, David Chandler, is one of the recognized experts on Napoleon and for that reason alone the book is worthwhile.
It is written in the traditional Ospery style and is very readable. The weakest part of the book is the discussion of the effect of the battle and the historical place that it holds. However, that might be a structural fault of the Ospery format.
There are numerous holes in the battle description which can be explained by the limited space avaliable. However, if one wants an overview in order to put more extensive histories into context, this is a good place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start Oct. 31 2002
Format:Paperback
Austerlitz 1805: Battle of the Three Emperors (Osprey Military Campaign Series, No. 2)by David G. Chandler is a good start for anyone who wants to learn more about the Austerlitz campaign and Napoleon's rise to European ascendency. The author, David Chandler, is one of the recognized experts on Napoleon and for that reason alone the book is worthwhile.
It is written in the traditional Ospery style and is very readable. The weakest part of the book is the discussion of the effect of the battle and the historical place that it holds. However, that might be a structural fault of the Ospery format.
There are numerous holes in the battle description which can be explained by the limited space avaliable. However, if one wants an overview in order to put more extensive histories into context, this is a good place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginning Oct. 31 2002
Format:Paperback
Austerlitz 1805: Battle of the Three Emperors (Osprey Military Campaign Series, No. 2)by David G. Chandler is a good start for anyone who wants to learn more about the Austerlitz campaign and Napoleon's rise to European ascendency. The author, David Chandler, is one of the recognized experts on Napoleon and for that reason alone the book is worthwhile.
It is written in the traditional Ospery style and is very readable. The weakest part of the book is the discussion of the effect of the battle and the historical place that it holds. However, that might be a structural fault of the Ospery format.
There are numerous holes in the battle description which can be explained by the limited space avaliable. However, if one wants an overview in order to put more extensive histories into context, this is a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BATTLE OF THE THREE EMPERORS Jan. 26 2012
By Just a Guy on Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I will not waste our time debating the accepted excellence of the near god-like credibility of David G. Chandler "THE" leading authority on Napoleonic Warfare in our lifetime. That has all been covered by far more intelligent people than myself, and in truth, what are we reviewing; the authors or their material? What I will discuss is the book itself, and what I thought of it. More learned men than I will debate its accuracy long after my bones are dust.

Osprey Military Books has been putting out an amazing, reliable, and entertaining line of material for more years than I can remember. The books are well-researched and written, with wonderful coloured templates, original etchings, and pictures of relics and historical sites and places of import.

Austerlitz 1805 is one of the CAMPAIGN Series in the Osprey collection, and it is in a word - Amazing! There are 96 pages covering everything from: The Origins of the Campaign, The Opposing Commanders & their forces, their battle plans, and then coverage of the Campaign itself. It goes on to discuss the Aftermath of the battle and, as well as what the battlefield looks like today. It provides information for 'Further Reading', and for the die-hards out there, it also furnishes how to Play Austerlitz as a War-Game. It even recaps with a list of the Chronology of the battle in bold, crisp print.

The text is well written, easy and enjoyable to follow. The book is ripe with illustrations, both historical and contemporary, as well as maps, three dimensional diagrams of the battlefields, and illustrations all throughout.
There are contemporary templates of the soldiers uniforms, as well as colored maps and charts with troop movement and battle locales.

This book is perfect for both the experienced and well-versed, and the interested first timer approaching the subject. Austerlitz 1805: BATTLE OF THE THREE EMPERORS is just one more superior piece of military literature that Osprey can claim as their own - and should - with pride.

A side note: as a Painter of Napoleonic Miniatures, and interested historian, this book is an excellent source of information that can be used in tandem with many of the OSPREY Men-At-Arms books on the Napoleon uniforms.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent analysis by a master of the topic Jan. 19 2014
By Yoda - Published on Amazon.com
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Any review of this book would have to start off with two points. One involves the author. The author is David Chandler, one of the 20th centuries leading authorities on the topic (if not the authority). He was Professor of Napoleonic history at Sandhurst (England’s equivalent of the US’s WestPoint) and has written many leading books on the subject, including the classic academic tome “The Campaigns of Napoleon”. As such, Dr. Chandler is eminently qualified to write on the topic and the book conveys well the knowledge of this expert.

A second point that needs to be made is that this book is part of Osprey’s “Campaign” series and as such is quite short, at only 96 pages about a third or so consisting of illustration of one type or another. Despite its brevity the book does a very good job at more than introducing the reader to the topic. The reader finds what truly made this campaign what it was from many angles (i.e., armed forces involved, leaders, tactics and strategy, etc.).

Dr. Chandler starts off by providing the geopolitical picture prevailing immediately preceding the campaign. Then he goes on to discuss both side’s strategies and goals and after that the opposing commanders (making the point that Napoleon was at the top of his game while the opposing leaders were clearly incompetent). Then the author proceeds to discuss the opposing army. This is where the book really shines through. This reviewer has read many Osprey campaign series books and can unequivocally state that this is, by far, the best section on opposing armies. Why? Because Dr. Chandler present a picture that covers every angle. He covers troops from just about every conceivable angle (including morale, training, recruitment and experience). He discusses officer and NCO quality and roles. He covers weapons, not only in terms of their quality but their standardization (basically that the Grand Armee’s weapons were fairly standardized while the allied were heterogeneous beyond belief). He covers organizational structure and the implied flexibility as well as coherence. The main points were basically that the French organizational structure was very flexible (i.e. permitted units to be broken down and reconstituted very flexibly while the allied structures were inflexible) and that the even though French commanders of large groups (i.e., divisions or corps) changed often, officers, NCOs and troops lower down the command chain were rarely changed (in order to maintain coherence). This contrasted sharply with allied units which were, in contrast, in a constant state of flux throughout and whose organization did not permit flexibility because they could not be broken down, moved in or out of larger formations or could not be reconstituted almost at all, never mind during a battle. Dr. Chandler also discussed how the French Army required a minimal supply train because it could live off the land, how it traveled on a wide front to be able to live off the land and how, even so, it still had a superior resupply infrastructure. This section of the book alone is worth the price.

Even though the discussion of the opposing armies showed the incredible contrast between the armies and how superior the French Grand Armee was, Dr. Chandler is careful to point out that due to superior allied numbers, all of this did not imply that the battle was a foregone conclusion, as was say, the battle of Crecy. All of this was to play an important role but only in combination with Napoleon’s superior ability to motivate men, as a grand strategist and as a tactician, especially in terms of feint and being able to time his actions perfectly to the situation. All this is made perfectly clear in Dr. Chandler’s discussion and analysis of the battle itself.

The book is also very well illustrated in terms of both 2 and 3 dimensional maps that show strategic plans proceeding the battle and how the battle actually developed. The book is also very well illustrated with many contemporary paintings showing battle scenes.

All and all a five star book and one of the best in Osprey’s campaign series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched information on the origin of the campaign, opposing forces, commanders, strategy and the decisive battles Dec 9 2013
By Stephen P. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been very pleased with and impressed with the quality of Osprey publications. The Campaign series are focused on military campaigns from ancient times through the current era. I have found the books in the Osprey Campaign series to be a great source and frequently the only source for well-researched information on military campaigns especially in the ancient campaigns through early 20th century campaigns.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginning Oct. 31 2002
By Fred M. Blum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Austerlitz 1805: Battle of the Three Emperors (Osprey Military Campaign Series, No. 2)by David G. Chandler is a good start for anyone who wants to learn more about the Austerlitz campaign and Napoleon's rise to European ascendency. The author, David Chandler, is one of the recognized experts on Napoleon and for that reason alone the book is worthwhile.
It is written in the traditional Ospery style and is very readable. The weakest part of the book is the discussion of the effect of the battle and the historical place that it holds. However, that might be a structural fault of the Ospery format.
There are numerous holes in the battle description which can be explained by the limited space avaliable. However, if one wants an overview in order to put more extensive histories into context, this is a good place to start.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start Oct. 31 2002
By Fred M. Blum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Austerlitz 1805: Battle of the Three Emperors (Osprey Military Campaign Series, No. 2)by David G. Chandler is a good start for anyone who wants to learn more about the Austerlitz campaign and Napoleon's rise to European ascendency. The author, David Chandler, is one of the recognized experts on Napoleon and for that reason alone the book is worthwhile.
It is written in the traditional Ospery style and is very readable. The weakest part of the book is the discussion of the effect of the battle and the historical place that it holds. However, that might be a structural fault of the Ospery format.
There are numerous holes in the battle description which can be explained by the limited space avaliable. However, if one wants an overview in order to put more extensive histories into context, this is a good place to start.
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