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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 […]
The Light Division in the Peninsular War 1808-1811 Tim Saunders and Rob Yuill Pen & Sword, 2020 ISBN 9781526757326 302 pages with over 100 B & W illustrations and maps This incredibly, is the first of two Histories of the Light Division in the Peninsula due out this year. It is unfortunate that Pen & […]
Author: David A Wilson Helion Books – From Reason to Revolution Series No. 48 ISBN 9781913118914 published 2020 131 pp 43 Colour Illustrations The Danish Army of the later Napoleonic wars (post 1807) whilst allied to France, is not one that has been studied in English to any great extent regarding their uniforms, equipment and […]