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The Battle of Znaim: Napoleon, The Habsburgs and the end of the 1809 War John H. Gill Greenhill Books (Pen & Sword), 2020 Hardback ISBN: 9781784384500 Pages: 512 Illustrations: 80 black and white illustrations and 10 maps In 1809 a resurgent Austria, encouraged by French reverses in Spain, decided to renew its struggle against Napoleon. The […]
Marching, Fighting and Dying: Experiences of Soldiers in the Peninsular War Gareth Glover Pen & Sword Military, 2021 ISBN 9781526760227 Hardback, 299 pages, 16 illustrations   Gareth Glover knows his way around the memoirs of British soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. Many were written long after the event and often embellished for their potential audience, […]
Vilnius 1812: Ghosts of Napoleon’s Grande Armée through their Artifacts Paul Richardson and Stephen Summerfield Ken Trotman Publishing, 2021 Hardback, 160 pages Illustrations: 500   In 2001 a mass grave of at least 3,269 skeletons was unearthed at Vilnius in Lithuania, identified as belonging to Napoleon’s Grande Armée that invaded Russia in 1812. The authors […]
Massena at Bay 1811 Tim Saunders Pen & Sword Books (2021), hardcover ISBN  9781399001328 264 pp, 178 B&W images As the reader would expect of a Tim Saunders book, the subject is handled with some depth and by somebody who thoroughly understands troop movements of the period and has covered every inch of the terrain […]
French Light Infantry 1784-1815. From the Chasseurs of Louis XVI to Napoleon’s Grande Armée Terry Crowdy Helion & Company (2021), softcover ISBN: 9781914059780 Pages:198 Images: 66 b/w illustrations, 24 pages of colour plates, 23 tables Terry Crowdy has set himself the task of describing the history, organization, growth, and tactics of the French army’s light […]
In the Words of Wellington’s Fighting Cocks: The After-Action Reports of the Portuguese Army During the Peninsular War 1812-14 Moises Gaudencio and Robert Burnham (foreword by Rory Muir) Pen & Sword Books (2021) ISBN 9781526761682 Hardback, 338 pages & 16 pages of B&W illustrations, no maps. All historians of the Peninsular War are painfully aware […]
The Wives of George IV: The Secret Bride & The Scorned Princess Catherine Curzon Pen & Sword History (2021) ISBN 9781473897496 Hardback, 216 pages, 32 black and white illustrations Author Catherine Curzon once again reaches back into Georgian history to present her readers with a fresh and witty take on two of the era’s most […]
Securing Europe After Napoleon: 1815 and the New European Security Culture Edited by Beatrice de Graaf, Ido de Haan and Brian Vick Cambridge University Press (2019) Hardback, 325 pages ISBN 9781108428224   Those interested in the Napoleonic Era will be familiar with the terms Allied Machine or Holy Alliance, each referring to the ongoing cooperative […]
Sir James McGrigor, the Adventurous Life of Wellington’s Chief Medical Officer Tom Scotland Helion & Company (2021) ISBN 9781914059216 Paperback, 178 pages Images: 22 figures, 5 maps, 4 tables   Created by Helion Publishing, in their excellent ‘From Reason to Revolution’ series (no. 65), this is an account of a charismatic, energetic, and brilliant medical […]
Egypt 1801: The End of Napoleon’s Eastern Empire Stuart Reid Pen and Sword (Frontline, 2021) ISBN: 9781526758460 Hardback, 248 pages Illustrations: 16 colour plates It is a brave historian who tackles the subject of Britain’s campaign in Egypt in the closing months of the French Revolutionary Wars. Although first published nearly four decades ago, Piers Mackesy’s […]
Wellington and the Vitoria Campaign 1813: ‘Never a Finer Army’ Carole Divall Pen and Sword Military (2021) ISBN: 9781526774026 Hardback, 256 pages Illustrations: 30 black and white Five years ago, I was asked by the Society for Army Historical Research to contribute to their annual list of book recommendations, which required me to pick my five […]
Britain’s Rise to Global Superpower in the Age of Napoleon William Nester Frontline Books (2020) ISBN: 9781526775436 Hardcover Pages: 376 Illustrations: Central eight-page mono plate section In Britain’s Rise to Global Superpower in the Age of Napoleon, Dr William Nester attempts to chart the rise of Britain, through the many false starts and setbacks in the […]
Nelson’s Navy in 100 Objects Gareth Glover Frontline Books (2021) ISBN 978 1 52673 132 6 Hardback, 301 pages, colour, and black & white illustrations I do think that examining a subject in 100 objects is a unique and original way of presenting a story. Gareth’s previous books in this genre, looking at Napoleon and […]
 Waterloo Archive: Atlas Gareth Glover and Stephen Summerfield Ken Trotman Publishing (2021) 220 pages, illustrated throughout with colour maps & contemporary sketches, portraits etc. With today’s ability to access satellite imagery, GPS, and digital maps, it is hard to imagine how soldiers in the past were able to operate over unfamiliar terrain or in a […]
Favourite of Fortune: Captain Thomas Quilliam, Trafalgar Hero Andrew Bond, Frank Cowin, Andrew Lambert Seaforth Publishing (2021), hardback ISBN: 9781399012706 Pages: 224 Many people will only have come across John Quilliam because he was the First Lieutenant onboard the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Biographies of some of Nelson’s captains have been published […]
Mutiny on the Spanish Main, HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy’s Revenge Angus Konstam Osprey Publishing (2020), hardback ISBN: 9781472833792 Pages: 320 In 1963 the late Dudley Pope, author of the fictional Lord Ramage novels set during the wars against France, wrote The Black Ship about the true events of 1797 in which a mutiny […]
Nouveau Dictionnaire de la Grande Armée Alain Pigeard (Editor) Heimdal (2019) ISBN 978-2-84048-542-1 Hardcover, 614 pp., illustrations. French text   This beautifully designed book is the second edition of a work first published in 2002. The editor, Alain Pigeard, an expert about the First Empire (4 dictionaries, 66 publications and 400 articles) felt that the […]
Wellington’s Favourite Engineer John Fox Burgoyne: Operations, Engineering, and the Making of a Field Marshal Mark S. Thompson Helion and Company (2020) (No. 56 in the From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 Series) ISBN 9781913118938 Pages: 336 Images: 14 b/w illustrations, 50 b/w maps, 7 b/w diagrams Mark Thompson is a renowned expert on the Engineers […]
Napoleon’s Women Camp Followers Terry Crowdy, illustrated by Christa Hook Osprey Publishing (Men-at-Arms No.538), 2021 ISBN 9781472841957 Paperback, 48 pages Osprey Publishing produce a wide range of titles covering all periods of history that provide us with slim but often detailed histories, and I am sure that most of us have a few of their […]
Marshal William Carr Beresford Marcus De La Poer Beresford Irish Academic Press (2019) ISBN 9781788550321 Hardback, 450 pages Written by a distant relative of William Carr Beresford, this author has produced a well-researched and detailed study of the man’s military career from his early life through the Napoleonic Wars to his involvement with Portugal and […]
Wellington’s Infantry, British Foot Regiments 1800-1815 Gabrielle Esposito Pen & Sword Books (2021) ISBN 9781526786678 Pages: 137 Illustrations: 50 colour Frustratingly, both the title and subtitle of this book unfortunately do not do this book real justice, Wellington’s Infantry suggesting a study of the specific regiments fighting with Wellington, which has already been ably covered […]
US Soldier Versus British Soldier Gregg Adams Osprey (Combat Series No.54), 2021 ISBN 9781472841674 Paperback Pages: 80 This slim paperback (80 pages, including front- and end-matter and index) takes a format that will be familiar to those who have read other titles in Osprey’s Combat series. We are introduced in the first third of the […]
Glory is Fleeting: New Scholarship on the Napoleonic Wars (From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 No. 44) Andrew Bamford (Ed.) Helion and Company (2021) ISBN 978 1 912866 69 4 Paperback, 277 pages, 31 plates, 14 maps   Napoleon reputedly said that ‘glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever’, and this collection of studies revisits both […]
The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars 1807-14 Volume 2 Organization Uniforms & Equipment Cavalry and Artillery David A. Wilson Helion Books (From Reason to Revolution Series No. 61), 2021 ISBN 9781913336592 Pages: 153 Illustrations: 59 colour Hardback   I previously reviewed Volume 1 last year and had eagerly anticipated this second volume and I […]
The French at Waterloo Eyewitness Accounts: 2nd & 6th Corps, Cavalry, Artillery, Imperial Guard and Medical Services Andrew Field Pen and Sword Military (2020) ISBN: 9781526768506 Pages: 192 Illustrations: 20 black and white illustrations We have often seen the immortal struggle at Waterloo, vividly presented for us in the descriptions passed down through the letters and […]
Neither Up Nor Down: The British Army and the Flanders Campaign 1793-1795 Philip Ball Helion and Company Limited (2020) ISBN: 9781913118907 Paperback Pages: 432 Images: 51 black and white illustrations, 32 black and white maps A most gratifying trend within the recent historiography of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic period is the broadening of the […]
Wellington’s Light Division in the Peninsular War: The formation, campaigns & battles of Wellington’s famous fighting force 1810 Robert Burnham Frontline Books (2020) Hardback ISBN 9781526758903 429 Printed pages with 15 original maps and 32 illustrations, half in colour Following rapidly on the heels of Rob Yuill and Tim Saunder’s two volume history of the […]
Napoleonic War Veterans Buried at St. Saviour’s Church, Jersey: Biographical Notes and Pointers for Future Information William Mahon (Editor) Privately published (2020), available from St. Saviour’s Church or on Amazon ISBN 9781839521607 Paperback, 360 pages, illustrated Sir William Mahon (and the St. Saviour’s Memorial Research Team) has researched the large number of veterans of the […]
The Light Division in the Peninsular War 1811-1814 Tim Saunders and Rob Yuill Pen & Sword, 2020 ISBN 9781526770134 346 pages with over 100 B & W illustrations and maps (The second volume of the story of the Light Division continues where Volume 1 leaves off) Following a chapter on the basic history of the Peninsular […]
Revenge in the Name of Honour: The Royal Navy’s Quest for Vengeance in the Single Ship Actions of the War of 1812 Nicholas James Kaizer Helion & Company (From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 No. 46), 2020 ISBN 9781912866724 Paperback, 217 pages, maps, colour, and black & white illustrations By the end of 1812 three British […]
The Secret Expedition: The Anglo-Russian Invasion of Holland 1799 Geert van Uythoven Helion & Company (2018) ISBN 9781912390205 Hardback, 447 pages, 46 illustrations, 16 maps   The 1799 Anglo-Russian campaign in Holland has not received much attention from English-speaking historians. When they do deign to notice it is usually cast as a second-rate misadventure involving […]
Napoleon in 100 Objects Gareth Glover Pen & Sword Books (2019) ISBN 978 1 52673 136 4 291 pages, illustrations, hardback This book is one of two planned to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of two of the greatest generals in world history. This, published in 2019, will be followed in 2020 with […]