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    The Napoleonic ‘Dad’s Army’: The British Volunteer Movement 1794-1814 Paul L. Dawson Frontline Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd. (2024), hardcover ISBN 978-1-39903-772-3 246 pages Illustrations: 16 black and white This book covers a much-neglected area of British military life, the birth and rapid expansion of the auxiliary forces of […]
1806-1807 Tsar Alexander’s Second War with Napoleon The Russian Official History Alexander Ivanovich Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky Helion & Company (2023) ISBN: 9781804511930 Pages: 232 Images: 23 maps This is the first translation of Alexander Ivanovich Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky’s Official History of the second war between Tsar Alexander and the Emperor Napoleon, Brought to the anglophone readership by Peter G.A. […]
The Waterloo Campaign in 100 Locations John Grehan with Dominique Timmermans Frontline Books (Pen & Sword) (2023) ISBN: 9781526746917 Pages: 240 Illustrations: 100 black & white When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be another guide to the battlefield of Waterloo but was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is […]
Berezina 1812: Napoleon’s Hollow Victory Alexander Mikaberidze Osprey Publishing (2022) (Campaign Series CAM 383) Paperback ISBN: 9781472850188 Colour illustrations throughout, including battle scene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs. Berezina 1812 is the latest release from Osprey Publishing covering the Napoleonic era. It brings together two expert sources – Osprey respected for its great campaign […]
The Battle for the Cape 1778 to 1806 Ian van Oordt A4 hardcover portrait format 546 pages of which 28 are in colour and 55 references. 20 chapters containing 1,730 references and over 770 people. Limited edition of 80 signed copies. In 2006, at the anniversary event of the little known Battle of Blaauwberg near […]
The Men of Wellington’s Light Division Gareth Glover and Robert Burnham Pen & Sword Books (2022) Hardback ISBN: 9781399099080 Pages: 240 Illustrations: 8 colour pages I once questioned, tongue firmly in cheek, ‘how the Light Division ever managed to find time to fight the French, when so many of its members were apparently engaged in note-taking […]
The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Strategies for a World War Jeremy Black Rowman & Littlefield (2022) Hardback ISBN: 978 1 5381 6369 6 234 pages Jeremy Black’s latest work offers an overview and reinterpretation of the strategic decision making of the key players – including the Great Powers of Europe – during the French […]
The Army of the Kingdom of Italy 1805-1814: Uniforms, Organisation, Campaigns Stephen Ede-Borrett Helion & Company (2022) Paperback ISBN: 9781804512753 Pages: 246 Images: 40 b/w, 12 b/w photos, 16 colour ills, 16pp colour plates, 1 map In this comprehensive study, Stephen Ede-Borrett examines the army of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, focusing on the individual […]
Fighting Terror After Napoleon: How Europe Became Secure after 1815 Beatrice De Graaf Cambridge University Press (2020) Hardback ISBN: 9781108895873 In this book Beatrice de Graaf focuses on the closing days of the Napoleonic wars and how the states of Europe, in particular the great powers including Great Britain, the Austrian, Prussian, and Russian Empires, […]
The Campaign of 1815, Volume 2: 15th June 1815 Pierre de Wit Published by Glimpse Editions (2022) ISBN 9789464509182 Hardback, 235 pp., 114 pages of learned notes, 16 pages of bibliography and 20-page index. I have now read Pierre’s second volume, dealing purely with the 15th June 1815 (and early hours of the 16th) in […]
The Campaign of 1815, Volume I ‘Preambles’ Pierre de Wit Published by Glimpse Editions (2022) Hardback, 555 pp. Any one who has delved into the website over the last decade or more, will know of the wealth of material accumulated from all armies, by the renowned historian Pierre de Wit. Pierre has now decided […]
Wellington’s Waterloo Allies: How Soldiers from Brunswick, Hanover, Nassau and the Netherlands Contributed to the Victory of 1815 Andrew W. Field Pen and Sword Military (2022), hardback ISBN: 9781399090377 Pages: 296 Illustrations: Integrated maps As the author of this work points out, the last few decades have seen an increasing number of non-English accounts of the […]
Scharnhorst: The Formative Years, 1755-1801 Charles Edward White Helion & Company (2020), paperback ISBN: 9781913118990 Pages: 436 Images: 12 b/w maps Gerhard von Scharnhorst (1755-1813) is recognised for his tireless efforts rebuilding the shattered remnants of the Prussian army after the crushing defeat of Jena-Auerstedt (1806) and his mentorship of Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) and […]
For God and King: A History of the Damas Legion (1793-1798): A Case Study of the Military Emigration during the French Revolution Hughes de Bazouges and Alistair Nichols Helion & Company (2021), paperback ISBN: 9781913336608 Pages: 348 Images: 4 b/w illustrations, 17 colour illustrations, 11 b/w maps, 19 tables Helion & Company have published another […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]