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Napoleon's Commanders (1): c.1792–1809 Paperback – Apr 25 2001
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›