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31 December

João Centeno looks at the officers who recieved:

Officers Awarded with the Portuguese “Medalha De Distinção De Comando”: Medal of Distinction (in Command) Known as Commander's Medal for the Peninsular War

Dale Pappas looks at the struggle for Malta during the Napoleonic Wars in:

The Conflict for Malta, 1798 – 1802

Don Graves examines contemporary accounts of British military executions:

"In no service or country is the ceremony so awful and impressive:" British Military Executions in the Napoleonic Period.

Tim Mahon researches the life of Victor Hugo's older brother:

Hugo, Abel (or Joseph-Abel) – French writer (1798-1855)

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

Wachter to Wurmser
York to Zucchi
Update to: Simbschen, Joseph Anton Freiherr von

In Greg Gorsuch translation of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Four: Chapter Three

Jorge Quinta-Nova looks at the career of Portugal's most famous general.

Carlos Frederico Lecor: The Making of a Portuguese General

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Daniel Hoghton
Augustus Honstedt

Enrico Acerbi examines the pivotal events of August in Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

August 1799 -- A Very “Hot” Summer

We close the year with a review of:

Blue Berg: Britain Takes the Cape

15 December

My computer has been in the shop for two weeks and I just got it back. If you do not see your article in this update, it will be in the 31 December update.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Napoleon Series Humor Contest! There were many funny entries this year. To see the best, click on: 2008 Napoleon Series Humor Contest!

More generals in Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

James Erskine
Colin Halkett
Henry Hardinge

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars:

Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Alenquer
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Alenquer via Castenheira
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Braganca (Braganza) via Celorico

Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Leiria via Santarem and Porto de Mo
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Mirana via Celorico and Torre de Moncorvo

Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Moimenta da Beira
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Torres Vedras

30 November

Mark Bois examines the experience level of the British junior officers at Waterloo

Leadership and Experience: British Officers at Waterloo

João Centeno provides us with the annual strength report for each unit in the Portuguese Army in:

Morning State of the Portuguese Army: 31 December 1809 to 31 December 1814

Caroline Miley translates Miguel Martín Angel Mas's

Perez de Herrasti, Governor of Ciudad Rodrigo: "the thumb breaks but does not bend"

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

Van Dalwich to Vukassovich

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

James Dunlop
Frederick Baron Eben

Enrico Acerbi continues his look at the siege of Mantua in Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Siege of Mantua April to August - the Assault and Surrender

Tim Mahon compiles a listing of articles on our period from l’État-Major de l’Armée:

An Index to Articles in the Revue militaire rédigées à l’État-Major de l’Armée that Pertain to the Years 1789 - 1815

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars:

Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Almeida
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Almeida via Celorical and Pinhel
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Amarante via Penafiel
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Guarda via Thomar and Celorico
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon  to Trancoso
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Viseu
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Zibreira via Indanha Nova

15 November

Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Napoleon Series Writing Contest!! To see the winners and the papers they submitted, click on: The 2007 Napoleon Series Writing Contest Winners

This update is the largest update this year!

Andrew Bamford looks at how many British soldiers served in the Peninsula:

A Computation of the Number of British Troops Deployed to the Peninsular Theatre, 1808-1814

In John Gill's The 1809 War with Austria: the "Thunder on the Danube" Archives:

French at Raab

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Rufane Shaw Donkin
James  Dawes Douglas

Captain Ramaswamy Mahapatra looks at whether Napoleon is fairly treated by modern historians.

The Man of Destiny and the Cross Current

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

Taxis  to  Türkheim
Ürményi  to  Uracca

Roberto A. Scattolin tells a story about Marshal Stockpot in:

Fallen Eagles: a Story of French Military dissent in Iberia

Tim Mahon translates Un projet de sous-marin sous le Directoire in Revue d’histoire rédigée à l’État-Major de l’Armée (Section Historique):

A Submarine Project under the Directory

Greg Gorsuch translates the second chapter of the fourth book of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Four: Chapter Two

Enrico Acerbi continues his look at the siege of Mantua in Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Siege of Mantua April to August - the Austrian Forces

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars:

Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Valenca do Minho
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Oporto
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Ponte de Lima via Barcellos
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Valenca do Minha (alternate route)
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Viana via Barcellos
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Villa de Conde
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Villa Nova de Cerveira via Viana and Caminha

31 October

On behalf of the Napoleon Series Team, I would like to offer our condolances to the family of Doctor Ben Weider, who died on 17 October. Dr. Weider was a not only a noted scholar of our era, but a good friend to the Napoleon Series. He will be missed.

This update is dedicated to the War of 1812 Magazine!

Editorial

Editorial by John R. Grodzinski

Articles

The Making of a Major General: the Politics of Command of the  North West Army, 1812-13 By David Curtis Skaggs, Ph.D

Remember the Raisin! Anatomy of a Demon Myth By Sandy Antal

The Impeccable Timing of Sir George Brown By Robert Burnham and Ron McGuigan

Dispatches

A readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on the War of 1812. The editors of the War of 1812 Magazine invite queries but please note that we cannot answer questions relating to genealogy. Those interested in such matters are directed to the many websites that specialize in this type of research. Please send your inquiries to the Editor

First Annual War of 1812 Seminar

Question 1012: What is the significance of the coin that is part of the logo for the War of 1812 Magazine?

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

General Sir Phineas Riall By John R. Grodzinski, FINS

Crysler’s Farm Collectibles: Material Culture Related to the Battle of 11 November 1813 By Henry Neale

USS Constitution under Refit By John R. Grodzinski

Miscellaneous

Recent Scholarship on the War of 1812

 

15 October

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Siege of Mantua April to August - the French Forces

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

James Campbell
William Howe Campbell
Richard Collins

We have an update to Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815. Albrecht Zimburg provides a biographical essay on:

Franz Xaver Richter

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars:

Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Abrantes
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Braga
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Chaves
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Coimbra
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Coimbra (Winter Route)
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Guimaraens
Distances in Different Routes between Cities in Portugal: Lisbon to Lamego

30 September

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

Saamen to Smola
Sobietitzky to Sztáray

Greg Gorsuch's translation of the fourth book of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Four: Chapter One

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Thomas Brisbane
Archibald Campbell

Added to the Albuera 1811 – The Electronic Archives:

Captain Alexander de Roverea's Account of the Battle of Albuera
Narrative of Brigade General Maransin on the Battle of Albuera

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

Summer Moves – Austria’s Planned Riviera Offensive and Joubert Takes Command

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars

Distances from Almeida, Portugal to Cities in Spain
Distances from Elvas, Portugal to Cities in Spain
Distances from Lisbon to Cities in Spain
Distances from Oporto, Portugal to Cities in Spain

Susan Howard reviews

The Road to St Helena, Napoleon after Waterloo

We close with information from Professor John Dunn about a Military History Seminar to be held in July 2009 at HISTORICON 2009. The focus of the Seminar will be Napoleon’s 1809 Austrian Campaign and the Peninsular War, 1807-14.

A Call for Papers

15 September

Dale Pappas examines

The Impact of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars on the Greek Independence Movement

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Summer Lull

More generals have been added to Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Adolphus Barsse
Richard Blunt

Roberto Scattolin shows how a British officer made a 700% profit from the loss of his mount.

No Retreat from Destiny: the Mellish Donkey Incident 

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars

Nationality of Enlisted Soldiers in the 52nd Foot from 1800 - 1816
Nationality of Enlisted Soldiers in the Irish Regiments from 1805 - 1816
Nationality of the Soldiers in the Highland Regiments: 1793 - 1822
Nationality of Enlisted Soldiers in the Scottish Lowland Regiments: 1804 - 1817

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The Italian Army in Hamburg (1806 - 1807): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

31 August

Stephen Millar looks at how Marshal Grouchy went wrong in the Waterloo Campaign:

‘My duty is to execute the Emperor’s orders’: Grouchy at Walhain, 18 June 1815

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of the third book of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Three: Chapter Four

Added to Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Frederick De Arentsschildt
Edward Barnes

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Summer’s Pause June - August 1799: the Situation on 24 June

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars

Most Common Family Names among the King's German Legion Officers during the Peninsular War
Most Common First Names among the King's German Legion Officers during the Peninsular War
The Scottish Fencible Regiments: 1759 – 1802
French Paces from Manuel d’Infanterie (1808)

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The Danish Army in Hamburg (1812 - 1814): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

15 August

For those of you who have forgotten, today is Napoleon's 239th birthday!

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Summer's Pause June - August 1799: Reorganization and a Useless Victory

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Edward Michael Pakenham 
Richard Stewart 

Roberto A. Scattolin looks at the problems of King Joseph's rule in Spain, as seen by a French Soldier

The Spanish Legacy: Portrait of a King – through the Eyes of a Soldier

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

Quallenberg  to  Quosdanovich
Radetzky to Rziczan

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of the third book of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Three: Chapter Three

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars

Most Common Family Names among British Officers during the Peninsular War
Most Common First Names among British Officers during the Peninsular War
Most Common Names among British Officers during the Peninsular War

We close with a review by Anthony Gray of João Torres Centeno's new book:

O Exército Português na Guerra Peninsular: Volume 1 -  Do Rossilhão ao Fim da Segunda Invasão Francesa 1807-1810

31 July

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of the third book of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Three: Chapter Two

Dale Pappas examines Murat and his kingdom in:

Joachim Murat and the Kingdom of Naples:  1808 – 1815

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Third Day of the Trebbia – a Missing Army

More British generals in Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

John Harding
Edward Howorth
James Leith
George Murray

A pair of bibliographies from Enrico Acerbi:

Napoleonic Books in Italian
Filmografia Napoleonica (in Italian)

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

French Sailors of the Guard in Hamburg (circa 1806 - 1807): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

 

15 July

Robert Mosher, with the help of many our Forum contributors, has compiled a list of books that should be in everyone's library on the Peninsular War:

The Napoleon Series Basic Recommended Reading List: The Peninsular War

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Alan Cameron
John Francis Cradock
Robert Craufurd

John Gill has set up The 1809 War with Austria: the "Thunder on the Danube" Archives which contains material relating to the Franco-Austrian War of 1809, that could not be included in his book. The first item is:

The Austrian Hauptarmee in Late March

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Three Day Battle at the Trebbia -- The Second Day and the Prince Liechtenstein’s Cavalry Charge

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

Oberndorf  to  Otto
Paar  to  Putnik

We close with reviews of:

1809, Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon’s Defeat of the Habsburgs
A Surgical Artist at War: the Paintings and Sketches of Sir Charles Bell 1809 – 1815

30 June

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Thomas Reynell
John Alexander Dunlop Agnew Wallace
George Adam Wood

Greg Gorsuch starts on the third book of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon:

Book Three: Chapter One

Added to the Albuera 1811 – The Electronic Archives:

Details of the Battle from the Diary of Edward C. Close
Names of the British and Portuguese Officers Killed, Wounded, and Missing

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

MacElligot  to  Mylius
Nádasdy  to  Nugent

Enrico Acerbi examines the first day of Trebbia in Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Battle of Trebbia -- June 1799 Part II: The Three Day Battle at the Trebbia -- The First Day

Peter Thorn reviews a Victorian classic!

The Romance of War or the Highlanders in Spain

Stephen Summerfield provides an errata sheet for his new book:

Corrections to Napoleonic Artillery

15 June

Greg Gorsuch continues to translate Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Two: Chapter Four

Roberto Scattolin looks at more evidence supporting the legend that Marshal Ney avoided execution by escaping to America in:

Silent Words, Silent Histories: a Controversial Case of Reading about Marshal Ney

More Austrian generals in Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815!

Kaim  to  Kuttalek
Labbé de Vouillèrs  to  Luxem

In time for the 193rd anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, Marco Bijl provides an indepth study of:

History and Organisation of the Dutch 8th Militia Battalion

Alexander Mikaberidze adds more primary source material to his study of the Battle of Borodino:

Marshal Joachim Murat to Alexander Berthier, 9 September 1812, Mozhaisk
Marshal Michel Ney to Alexander Berthier, 9 September 1812, near Borodino, en route to Mozhaisk
General Eugène de Beauharnais to Alexander Berthier, 10 September 1812, Ruza

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

The Battle of Tidone Creek (17 June) 2nd Phase: the Coalition's Counter-attack

In our Reviews Section:

Albuera 1811: The Bloodiest Battle of the Peninsular War
A Young Gentleman at War: the Letters of Captain Orlando Bridgeman 1st Foot Guards in the Peninsula and at Waterloo 1812 – 15

Don Graves provides a look at:

Louis de Tousard and His "Artillerists Companion": an Investigation of Source Material for Napoleonic Period Ordnance

31 May

This update is devoted to Issue 9 of the War of 1812 Magazine.

Table of Contents

Editorials

Editorial by John R. Grodzinski

Articles

The Top 25 Articles on the War of 1812 By Donald R. Hickey, Ph.D

The Flag was Still There:  A Brief History of the Defense of Baltimore 1814 By Dale Pappas

“Red Sticks” and Stones May Break My Bones: The Massacre at Fort Mims By Morgan D. Shields

Hell Comes To Horseshoe Bend By John A. Tures

Onward to Canada! Captain Stephen H. Moore and the First Baltimore Volunteers, 1812-1813 By Scott S. Sheads

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

Burlington Heights: A Photo Journal By John R. Grodzinski, FINS

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813 Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

“REGULARS, BY GOD!” The Battle of Chippewa July 5th  1814 A New Line of Collectable 54 mm Toy Soldiers. Reviewed by John Grodzinski

Miscellaneous

Recent Scholarship on the War of 1812

 

15 May

Tomorrow (16 May) marks the 197th anniversary of the battle of Albuera -- one of the bloodiest engagements of the Peninsula War. Guy Dempsey, author of a new book Albuera 1811 – The Bloodiest Battle of the Peninsular War, has begun a new section for the Series: Albuera 1811 – The Electronic Archives. In it, you will find primary source documents and images dealing with the battle. The first additions to the section are:

Beresford’s Edited Dispatch to Wellington
The Bravery of Ensign Thomas 3rd Foot
Details of British and Portuguese Casualties at Albuera
Images of Allied Units
Images of the Battle

Images of French Units
Panorama of the Battlefield which is a panorama sketch of the battlefield done shortly after the battle
Portraits
The Ordeal of Lt. Matthew Latham

The Austrian generals continue to march in Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815!

Illéssy to Jurczek

From Greg Gorsuch's translation of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Two: Chapter Three

Ignacio Paz writes a think piece on why Napoleon invaded Russia

1812: Winds of Change

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy, we have:

The Battle of Trebbia -- June 1799 Part I: The Battle of Tidone Creek (17 June 1799)

Roberto Scattolin looks at a local population's re-action to French occupation as seen through the diary of resident.

Verona 1796-1797: a  Case of Popular Rejection through the Pages of Valentino Alberti

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Hugh Henry Mitchell
Christian Baron Ompteda

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The Westphalian Army in Hamburg (circa 1809): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

30 April

We have a huge update this week!

Magnus Olofsson completes his study of The Swedish Army in the Napoleonic Wars with:

Reserve Forces and Units
Other Units

Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy, continues to look at the operations of General MacDonald:

MacDonald’s Assault on Parma -- June

New to Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815!

Gabelkoven to Gyurkovics
Haan to Hutten

More Waterloo generals in Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

James Frederick Lyon
Peregrine Maitland

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars, Howie Muir provides data on the prize money paid to the officers and soldiers of the British Army for the Peninsular War:

Order for Distributing the Prize Money Paid to the British Army for Campaigning in Spain and France: 1809 - 1814
Prize Money Paid to the British Army for Oporto: 2 May 1809

Prize Money Paid to the British Army for Santarem, Fuentes d'Orno, or Albuera
Prize Money Paid to the British Army for the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo or Badajoz 1812
Prize Money Paid to the British Army for Campaigning in Spain in 1812
Prize Money Paid to the British Army for Campaigning in Spain in 1813
Prize Money Paid to the British Army for Campaigning in France in 1813 & 1814

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

French Infantry in Hamburg (circa 1812): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

We close with a pair of reviews:

Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon, The Eylau Campaign of 1806-1807
A Hellish Business:  the Letters of Captain Charles Kinloch 52nd Light Infantry 1806 – 1816

15 April

In a multi-part article, Magnus Olofsson looks at The Swedish Army in the Napoleonic Wars.

Introduction
Regular Army Units
Regular Army Units in 1805
Regular Army Units in 1805 - 1808
Regular Army Units in 1808 - 1814
Regular Army Training, Organization, and Higher Organization 1805 - 1814

From Ron McGuigan, more British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Charles John Greville
George Johnstone

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy, the focus is still on the operations of General MacDonald:

MacDonald’s Assault on Bologna and Modena -- June

In Leopold Kudrna's and Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815!

Ebner to Ettingshausen
Faber to Fusco
There is also an undate to Binder, Joseph

Alexander Mikaberidze adds more primary source material to his study of the Battle of Borodino:

General Joseph Poniatowski to Alexander Berthier. 7 September 1812, 10:00 p.m., on the battlefield
Marshal Joachim Murat to Alexander Berthier, 9 September 1812, Mozhaisk

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

French Units in the Defense of Hamburg (1813 - 1814): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

Bas de Groot updates two battles from the Revolutionary Wars in the Battles List:

1st Battle of Bergen-Op-Zoom
2nd Battle of Bergen-Op-Zoom (Battle of Alkmaar)

31 March

Eman Vovsi writes of Mameluk resistance to the French invasion of Egypt:

The Power and Question of Faith: Murad Bey’s Pros and Cons during the French Invasion of Egypt, 1798-1801

In an unusual piece, Robert Mosher tells how a statue of Napoleon ended up at the 1904 Exposition in Saint Louis, Missouri:

The Mysterious Lost First Consul: “Napoleon” by Daniel Chester French

Stephen Millar looks at how officers were promoted to flag rank in the Royal Navy:

Promotion in the Flag Ranks in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars

More Austrian generals in Leopold Kudrna and Digby Smith A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815!

Caballini von Ehrenburg to Czerwenka
Dall'Aglio to Duka

Ron McGuigan adds more Waterloo generals to his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

William de Dornberg
George Charles Augustus Du Plat

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon:

Book Two: Chapter Two

From Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy, the focus is on the Allies' Left Flank:

The Siege of Ferrara

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The Hanoverian Legion Cavalry in Hamburg (1811): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

15 March

In another joint effort, Leopold Kudrna expands, redesigns, and even renames Digby Smith's A Biographical Dictionary of All Austrian Generals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815! The first three installments are:

Abele to Ayrenhoff
Baader to Bicking
Bieber to Bydeskuti

Bas de Groot looks at the role of the Dutch in defeating the Imperial Guard at Waterloo, by providing rare eye-witness accounts of the battle by two Dutch soldiers in Chassé's Division at Waterloo: Two Eye-witness Accounts

Anthony Dawson looks at the organization and uniforms of The Geographical Engineers/Ingenieurs-geographes

More Waterloo generals from Ron in his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Lord George Thomas Beresford
Rudolphus Albrecht Bodecker

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy, a little known, but epic siege:

The Defense of Ancona

More plates from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

French Cavalry in Hamburg (1811 - 1812): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

We close with a review of:

Seven Years Campaigning in the Peninsula and the Netherlands, 1808 – 1815

29 February

Mark van Hattem and Marikska Pool look at what motivated Napoleon's Dutch troops:

Four Men and a Woman: Remarkable Dutch Experiences during the Russian Campaign of Napoleon in 1812

Anthony Kuhn looks at the impact of rivers on Napoleon's army in Russia in 1812:

Rivers and the Destruction of Napoleon’s Grand Army

Roberto Scattolin looks at some of the factors in the Spanish popular uprising in 1808 in:

The Inheritance of History: Ethics, Warfare, and the Bando of Móstoles in 1808 Spain

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy, General MacDonald is on the move!

Macdonald’s Plan and the Fall of Rome

From Greg Gorsuch's translation of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Book Two: Chapter One

Ron McGuigan continues his study of British generals in his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815, but changes his focus a little bit. This time he looks at the Waterloo generals:

Frederick Adam
Charles Philip Belson

We have a pair of reviews:

Donald Graves reviews Victor Sutcliffe's Regiments of the British Army, A Handbook with Book Lists, Part I: Infantry

While John Grodzinski reviews Alexander Mikaberidze's The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov

We close with more plates from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The French 8th Corps in Hamburg (1806 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

15 February

Issue 8 of The War of 1812 Magazine!

Article

Some Additions to Donald Hickey's List of "The Top 25 Books on the War of 1812" By Donald E. Graves

Smuggling and Contraband in the War of 1812 By Jon Latimer

The War of 1812 Revisited By Chris Wattie

"For want of this precaution ... so many Men lose their Arms:" Official, Semi-Official and Unofficial American Artillery Texts, 1775-1815 Part 4: "Rouges et bleus:" The French Artillery and its Literature, 1700-1800 By Donald E. Graves

Recent Scholarship on the War of 1812

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

Reproduction American Colours in the Great Hall at the Royal Hospital Chelsea By John R. Grodzinski

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812 Reviewed by Jane Errington, Ph.D.

 

31 January

We begin with a piece by our long time sponsor, Lionel Leventhal, the publisher of Greenhill Books:

Publishing on the Napoleonic Wars

In a follow up to Tony Broughton's statistical study of casualties among French general officers, Eman Vovsi looks at the heavy toll among regimental commnaders in:

A Heavy Price for the Glory of the Empire: Losses in Regimental Commanders and Staff Personnel of Napoléon’s Grande Armée  

Alexander Mikaberidze adds to his translation of the Russian Army Regulation of 1812: Statute on Commanding a Large Active Army

Part II: Detailed Composition of Various Sections of the Army Administration

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

Macdonald’s Wars in Central Italy and What He Left Behind April-June 1799: Seizing the Appennine’s Passes and the Campaign in Lunigiana

Ron McGuigan continues his study of British generals in his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Frederick Philipse Robinson
Robert Ross
John Stratford Saunders
Edward Stopford
George Townshend Walker

We close with more plates from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online

The French 5th Corps of the Armée du Réserve du Rhin in Hamburg (1806 - 1807): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

15 January

On behalf of the Napoleon Series Team, we wish one and all a happy New Year!

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars, Tony Broughton looks at the casualties suffered by French general officers from 1805 - 1815 in:

French General Officers Casualties from 1805 - 1815
French General Officers Casualties by Year from 1805 - 1815
French Marecheaux d’Empire Casualties by Year from 1805 - 1815
French Marecheaux d'Empire Casualties by Date from 1805 - 1815
French Generals de Division Casualties by Year from 1805 - 1815
French Generals de Division Casualties by Date from 1805 - 1815
French Generals de Brigade Casualties by Year from 1805 - 1815
French Generals de Brigade Casualties by Date from 1805 - 1815

From Greg Gorsuch's translation of Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, we have:

Chapter Six

In Enrico Acerbi's Campaign of 1799 in Italy:

Macdonald’s Wars in Central Italy and What He Left Behind April-June 1799: L’Armée de Naples And Its Long Voyage

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online

The Dutch Army in Hamburg (1807 - 1808): the Uniform Plates of the Suhr Brothers

The year 2007 was an incredible year for the Napoleon Series. continue to grow at an incredible rate. We now have over 70,000 articles, reviews, images, maps, and other items. All are free to the public and the number of daily visitors is immense. We average over 60,000 files downloaded per day, while our monthly downloads average about 1.7 million! On any given day, we have over 800 mb of data downloaded! The forum continues to be the place for exchanging of ideas, with over 18,000 messages posted last year.

The Napoleon Series is truly a team effort. I first would like to thank all of those who contributed articles and material to our twice monthly update. These articles are the heart of the Series and are what make it the great place that it is! There were many different contributors and there were over 40 from a variety of countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.! If I forgot someone, please accept my apologies in advance!

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Tony Broughton, the Research Editor. He has always been there to answer even the most obscure question! Few are aware, that many of the images that we use to illustrate the articles come from his private collection!

Donald Graves, Editor. Don was instrumental for several new initiatives for the Napoleon Series, including our joint publishing venture with Ken Trotman. He often served as a sounding board for me, providing me with much welcomed advice.

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Caroline Miley for running our 3nd Annual Napoleon Series Humor Contest!

Dr. John G. Gallaher, Donald Graves, J. David Markham, and Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze who were the judges in our annual writing contest!

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