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Napoleon's Commanders (1): c.1792-1809 [Paperback]

Philip Haythornthwaite , Patrice Courcelle
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April 25 2001 Elite (Book 72)
Victory or defeat on the Napoleonic battlefield was dependent on the skills, reactions and personalities of individual commanders. Even under a military genius such as Bonaparte, the dispersal of his armies on campaign and the lack of fast communications left command and control of the different corps and divisions in the hands of his marshals and generals. Illustrating the appearance of more than two dozen of Napoleon’s leading colleagues and subordinate commanders, this first in a pair of Elite titles describes in concise but colourful detail their careers and personalities in the Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic campaigns up to 1809.

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Philip Haythornthwaite is an author and historical consultant specialising in the military history, uniforms and equipment of the 18th and 19th centuries. His main area of research covers the Napoleonic Wars. He has written some forty books, including more than 20 Osprey titles, and innumerable articles and papers on military history, but still finds time to indulge in his other great passion: cricket.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Into The Fire July 9 2001
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent volume that gives mini-biographies of French generals from the Revolution to 1809. Not all of them worked for Napoleon, though most did, so the title is something of a misnomer, but that does not affect the book at all.
It is a well-written and well-researched book that also gives some of the lesser known general officers their just due. Custine, a general of the early Revolution who was unjustly guillotined and Dumas, father to Alexandre Dumas Pere, as well as Kleber, Desaix and others populate this volume. Dumas is particularly interesting being a mulatto who rose to the highest ranks in the French army, was immensely strong, and had a mind of his own. Desaix is a particular favorite, one of the best generals produced by the Revolution, who recognized early the talent in Davout. Napoleon considered Desaix 'the best balanced of his lieutenants.' His untimely death at Marengo leading the decisive attack that won the battle, ironically on the same day that the gallant Kleber was assassinated in Egypt, deprived Napoleon of two of his best commanders.
Dorsenne, handsome and gallant, and the commanding officer who straightened up the Grenadiers a Pied of the Imperial Guard, a man so imposing and fearless that the bravest grenadier would tremble when Dorsenne stepped in front of him at inspection, is thankfully included in this role of honor. Elzear Blaze, in his famous memoir said that Dorsenne was so fearless in combat that he would turn his back on incoming artillery fire to dress the ranks of his grenadiers. Blaze was nothing short of amazed that he could do this. When he tried it himself on another battlefield, he says that he couldn't stop himself from looking for incoming artillery rounds. Simply unbelievable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations April 24 2002
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book for only one purpose, the illustrations by P Courcelle, never mind the text! I have seen this artist's works in other books but he has particularly excelled himself in this book. His drawings have a certain vitality and the colours are fantastic. It also helps that the subject matter of Napoloenic commanders finery bordered on the extravaganza!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What You'd Expect & More April 19 2003
Format:Paperback
Not a typical Osprey book in that it covers a number of personalities in such a small space; however, if you understand this, you'll be very happy with the book. The illustrations alone are worth it. If anything it'll give some otherwise unknown anecdotal info that'll have you wanting to do more research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations April 24 2002
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book for only one purpose, the illustrations by P Courcelle, never mind the text! I have seen this artist's works in other books but he has particularly excelled himself in this book. His drawings have a certain vitality and the colours are fantastic. It also helps that the costumes of some of Napoleon's commanders bordered on the extravagant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What You'd Expect & More April 19 2003
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Not a typical Osprey book in that it covers a number of personalities in such a small space; however, if you understand this, you'll be very happy with the book. The illustrations alone are worth it. If anything it'll give some otherwise unknown anecdotal info that'll have you wanting to do more research.
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