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February 2024

Further instalments (another ten) from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new instalments cover:

Napoleon returned to Moscow; Works of the Emperor; Negotiation attempts; Movements of the Russian Army around Moscow; The French Army evacuates Moscow;  Military correspondence of the Emperor’s cabinet; Instructions from the Emperor Alexander; Treasure found in the Kremlin; Bulletins of the Grande Armée. Napoleon leaves Moscow; March of Napoleon on Kologa; Destruction of the Kremlin. Taking of Vereya; Battle of Maloyaroslavets. Retreat of the Army; Napoleon’s march on Smolensk. The Army passes the Protva twice; Borodino battlefield. Relaxation of discipline; Continuation of General Kutuzov’s operations.

This is a very comprehensive account of the Napoleon’s campaign in Russia.

Review of Fighting for Napoleon’s Army in Russia: A POW’s Memoir

January 2024

David Howell has generously submitted a full book manuscript entitled An Account of His Majesty’s De Meuron Regiment 1795-1816 During campaigns in Ceylon, India, the Mediterranean and Canada. This is a very well-researched and written account of this regiment. Click on the link to access the list of contents of the book, and from there visit each section via the links.

Paul Thompson has written a fascinating article ‘Play up! Play up! And play the game!’ The Emergence of Cricket in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. If you have an interest in both sport and the Napoleonic period then you will find this of great interest.

Ludovic Isnard has added another submission on his study of the organisation of the Savoy/Piedmont-Sardinian Armies 1792-1815. This one details the years 1799-1802: The Austrian-Piedmont army and the French annexation.

Peter Phillips continues his translation (another eight articles) of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department with an article covering The Reign of Emperor Alexander I 1801-1805.

A Century of the Russian Ministry of War: Reform during the period 1801-1805

These new articles cover: The Reorganisation Of Kutuzov’s Army In November 1805 And The Formation Of A Reserve Corps Facing Galicia; The Reorganisation Of Forces Returning From Campaign; The Generation Of Ad Hoc Formations In The Caucasus; The Russian Corps In The Ionian Islands; Mobile Artillery Parks; Constitution and size of the army in January 1805 and 1806; The beginning of the abolition of Inspections and the schedule of the army in January 1806.

Review of  1806-1807 Tsar Alexander’s Second War with Napoleon: The Russian Official History

November 2023

Further instalments (another four) from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new instalments cover:

Bulletins of the Grande Armée; actions at Polotsk and Valutino; Officers killed on 5 September 1812; Napoleon established in the Kremlin; Works of the Emperor; Evacuation of Moscow by the French  Army (very good description of the city and its destruction by burning); Napoleon at Petrovsky Palace.

Peter Phillips continues his translation (another three articles) of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department with an article covering The Reign of Emperor Alexander I 1801-1805

A Century of the Russian Ministry of War: Reform during the period 1801-1805

These new articles cover Organisation of Pontoon Units; Reorganisation of national units and their strength by the end of 1805; Cossack and Irregular Forces by the end of 1805.

Letters and Journal of Captain Henry Neville, 14th Light Dragoons (1788-1809) by Paul Thompson. An account of this officer on campaign in the Peninsula.

Adam Walczak has submitted the second of a series of studies of the Army of the Kingdom of Naples 1806-1815 examining the history of the 2nd Neapolitan Infantry Regiment.

Review of The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars 1801-14: Volume 3 Norwegian Troops and Militia

Review of The Waterloo Campaign in 100 Locations

September 2023

Peter Cross has submitted another interesting article about the French Army in 1815 A Study of the 93e Regiment de Ligne that examines the organisation, uniforms, and equipment of the 1814-1815 period.

Further instalments (another seven) from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new instalments cover:

Napoleon stops at Smolensk; Interview with Emperor Alexander and the Crown Prince of Sweden, Bernadotte, at Abo; March of Napoleon on Moscow; What happened at the Russian camp; Battle of the Moskowa; Aftermath of the Battle of the Moskowa (nice image of Prussian Royal Guard); What happened in Moscow (setting fire to the city).

Peter Phillips continues his translation (another three articles) of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department with an article covering The Reign of Emperor Alexander I 1801-1805

A Century of the Russian Ministry of War: Reform during the period 1801-1805

These new articles cover the conclusions of the military commission; reform of the artillery; reorganisation of engineering troops and new establishments; the new schedule for the army by inspections; the establishment for an Ulan regiment; new establishment for the Chevalier Garde Regiment. These articles consist of much data relating to the Russian Army of the period.

Review of George III’s Illnesses and His Doctors A Study in Early Psychiatry

August 2023

The Napoleon Series continues to attract original and interesting contributions from historians studying all aspects of the period, and this month we have a varied and very well-researched selection of articles.

Peter Cross has submitted an interesting article on French Army Uniforms of the Hundred Days Campaign of 1815, examining what the Ligne and Légère regiments were supposed to be wearing and what they actual wore during Napoleon’s final campaign. This article introduces an exciting major project by Scott Bowden and Peter Cross on Napoleon, The Hundred Days Epoch: The Emperor and his 1815 Armies, in five volumes, to be published in late 2024 and the first half of 2025.

Dave Honour has written a very good piece about the Battle of Blaauwberg 1806, subtitled South Africa enters the Napoleonic Wars, about the British attack on the Cape in 1806. This is the story of the battle, with details of the Dutch forces defending the Cape, plus the archaeological work that has been undertaken on the site.

Adam Walczak has submitted the first of a series of studies of the Army of the Kingdon of Naples 1806-1815 examining the history of the 1st Neapolitan Infantry Regiment.

Book reviews:

Berezina 1812: Napoleon’s Hollow Victory (Osprey Publishing)

To Conquer and to Keep, Suchet and the War for Eastern Spain 1809-14. Volume II 1811-1814 (Helion)

The Changing Face of Old Regime Warfare: Essays in Honour of Christopher Duffy (Helion)

‘The Soldiers are Dressed in Red’: The Quiberon Expedition of 1795 and the Counter-Revolution in Brittany (Helion)

July 2023

Napoleon: Trailer First Thoughts

Owen Davis has provided his thoughts on the trailer being shown for the forthcoming Napoleon movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. While the trailer is causing some controversy amongst Napoleonic aficionados throughout the world, any movie about the period will stimulate an interest in all things Napoleonic. Already there is an increase in traffic to the Napoleon Series looking for information about scenes included in this epic.

Highlights for 2023

The Waterloo Association has two means of publication of historic articles. The Waterloo Journal will publish material up to 5,000 words in length, and anything larger than this is directed to The Napoleon Series. This means that this website is an extension of our Journal and contains not only a vast amount of useful data for historians but has that ‘magazine feel’ with interesting stand- alone articles. David Howell has produced such an article entitled The British Conquest of Ceylon and the Massacre at Kandy 1803. This is a fascinating read and tells the story of a little-known aspect of the period.

Review of The Battle for the Cape 1778 to 1806

Although this book is was limited to 80 copies, if there is enough interest in the title it will be reprinted.

Highlights for 2022

An interesting article entitled Napoleon’s Shadow: The Impact of his Martial Philosophy by Michael Stroud.

A Walcheren Journal by Paul Thompson

The John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester houses the correspondence and papers of Sir James Leith. Included in the Rylands archive is a brief journal titled Dates of the Operations of the British Army in the Island of Walcheren. This document records operations of the British army over two weeks in the summer of 1809, during the invasion of Holland that later came to be known as the Walcheren Expedition. This article comprises a transcription of the journal and commentary upon it.

Napoleonic Scholarship: The Journal of the International Napoleonic Society

The INS has very kindly allowed us to publish its Journal on the website. Issues 6 to 10 are now available to view, with the earlier Journals to be included in the near future. This has immediately placed onto the site over 80 articles covering a vast range of topics, written by leading historians worldwide.

Subjects covered include the 1799 Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland, the Convention of Cintra, the Grand Duchy of Berg, the Dutch at Quatre Bras, and military espionage to name just a few of the very interesting and well-researched papers included in the Journal. Contributors include well-known historians such as David Markham, Terry Crowdy, Alasdair White, Peter Hicks and John Gill.

This is a valuable addition to the Napoleon Series, and so whatever your interests in the period, take a look at these Journals. You will find much of interest.

Peter Phillips has submitted the first of what will be a series of translations of Russian documents relating to the Russian Army of the Napoleonic Wars:

A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department: The Reign of Emperor Paul I Petrovich 1796 – 1801

Review of In the Words of Wellington’s Fighting Cocks: The After-Action Reports of the Portuguese Army During the Peninsular War 1812-14

To accompany this review, Moisés Gaudêncio has written an interesting paper entitled Were the Portuguese Caçadores Armed with Baker Rifles?

Review of The Gentlemen Danes: The untold story of Danish and Norwegian Prisoners of war on parole in Reading between 1807-1814

Review of  Vilnius 1812: Ghosts of Napoleon’s Grande Armée through their Artifacts

Review of Marching, Fighting and Dying: Experiences of Soldiers in the Peninsular War

A Traitorous Correspondence: General Edouard Simon and the Conspirators of Odiham

The story of prisoners of war, espionage, and conspiracies in the Parole Depots of Hampshire by Paul Chamberlain

 

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