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November 2022

Further instalments (another two) from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new instalments cover the orders of battle of the Second Corps of Reserve Cavalry; Fourth Army Corps; Fifth Army Corps; Sixth Army Corps; Seventh Army Corps; Eighth Army Corps; Ninth Army Corps.

Peter Phillips continues his translation of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department with two articles covering The Reign of Emperor Alexander I Petrovich: Reform during the period 1801-1805.

Review of The Campaign of 1815, Volume 2: 15th June 1815

Review of Blood Guts and Gore: Assistant Surgeon John Gordon in the Waterloo Campaign

    October 2022

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

Further instalments (another three) from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new instalments cover the orders of battle of the Prussian Corps, Second Army Corps, and Third Army Corps. They contain very useful information relating to the units comprising these formations.

Peter Phillips continues his translation of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department, Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I.

The Development of Tactics & Training In The Russian Army, 1801 to 1814: Garrison and Fortress Regulations.

The Development of Tactics & Training In The Russian Army, 1801 to 1814: Field Service Regulations

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.

Review of The Campaign of 1815, Volume I ‘Preambles’

August 2022

Further instalments (another six) from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new articles examine the organisation and administration of Napoleon’s forces for the 1812 campaign, including interesting correspondence between the Emperor and his generals and political figures. Part 18 Chapter IV gives details of the organisation of the Russian armies. Part 19 looks at the opening moves of the campaign. There are some nice colour plates of French regiments.

Peter Phillips continues his translation of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department, Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I. This material is a treasure trove of information about the training and tactics employed by the Russian Army during the Napoleonic Wars. The latest articles are:

The Development of Tactics & Training In The Russian Army: Cavalry Regulations 1801-1814.

The Development of Tactics & Training In The Russian Army: Infantry Regulations 1809-1812

The Development of Tactics and Training in the Russian Army: Artillery Regulations and Instructions

June 2022

Review of Peninsular and Waterloo General: Sir Denis Pack and the War Against Napoleon

Review of For God and King: A History of the Damas Legion (1793-1798): A Case Study of the Military Emigration during the French Revolution

Review of Scharnhorst: The Formative Years, 1755-1801

Review of Wellington’s Waterloo Allies: How Soldiers from Brunswick, Hanover, Nassau and the Netherlands Contributed to the Victory of 1815

Review of Secrets & Scandals in Regency Britain: Sex, Drugs & Proxy Rule

Peter Phillips continues his translation of A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department, Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I. The latest articles are:

The Development of Tactics & Training in the Russian Army, 1801 to 1814: Basic tactics

The Development of Tactics & Training in the Russian Army, 1801 to 1814: The Practice of Higher Tactics, 1810

More instalments from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new articles examine the 1812 campaign. Many of these instalments include some nice colour plates of French regiments. Part 15 details the correspondence between Napoleon and the governments of Russia, Prussia, and Britain, plus the Treaty of Alliance between France and Austria ratified in March 1812. This correspondence makes for very interesting reading.

April 2022

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

Review of The Battle of Znaim: Napoleon, The Habsburgs and the end of the 1809 War

More instalments from Greg Gorsuch of Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. These new articles examine Russia during the 18th century under Catherine I and II, and Paul I, taking the story through the Revolutionary and early Napoleonic Wars.

March 2022

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

Review of In The Wake of the Emperor: Memoirs and Letters of French Soldiers in Napoleon’s Armies 1805-1814

Final instalments of the Germans under the French Eagles, translated by Greg Gorsuch:

The Soldiers of Hesse Nassau: Appendix I Uniforms of the Contingents of Hesse-Darmstadt and Nassau from 1806 to 1813

The Soldiers of Hesse Nassau: Appendix II – Iconographic sources to consult with respect to the uniforms

The Soldiers of Hesse Nassau Appendix III

The Soldiers of Hesse Nassau: Table of illustrations

Greg Gorsuch continues to translate documents for the website with Histoire de la Campagne de Russie by

Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire. This comprehensive study examines the history of Russia leading to the Campaign of 1812. More instalments are to come.

Peter Phillips has translated A Century of The Russian Ministry of War 1802-1902 General Staff Historical Department, Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I. For anyone with an interest in the Russian Army of the period, this series of articles is packed full of information about the infantry, cavalry and artillery, detailing the regulations governing their organisation, tactics and activities both in garrison and on campaign. The articles so far are:

Military Training in the Reign of Tsar Paul I (Part One): Military Regulations For Line Infantry Service, 1796

Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I (Part Two): Field Service Regulations in Peacetime

Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I (Part Three): Principles of Garrison Service

Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I (Part Four): Regulations For Line Cavalry Service, 1796

Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I (Part Five): Regulations For Line Cavalry Service, 1796

Military Training in The Reign of Tsar Paul I (Part Six): Artillery

Highlights for 2022

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?

 

 

 

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