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Art of Victory Hardcover – Oct 1965

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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (Oct. 1965)
  • ISBN-10: 0094511705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094511705
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,909,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Baerends on 17 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Not that many people know that in 1799 a Russian army invaded the Netherlands from the North Sea, or that in the same year Russian armies triumphantly entered Milan and Turin. The former is irrelevant to this book, the latter is, since these armies were led by none other than the great Suvorov.

This book is a true hagiography of Suvorov, arguably one of Russia's greatest soldiers. During his long life this hero fought in the 7 years' war (as a young cavalryman), then learned the trade of command in the conflict in Poland in the late 1760s / early 1770s when Russia was propping up poor Stanislaus Poniatowski against his enemies. Luckily for Suvorov the Poles threw in the towel just in time for him to move to the more glorious battlefields of the Turkish war where he again was hugely succesful. Apparently his success was due largely to his avant-la-lettre Blitzkrieg tactics, always charging at the enemy without any regard for his own weakness, formation, or lines of supply. In that sense he was clearly ahead of his time. He was also way ahead of his time in the way he cared about his soldiers (although he did not flinch from sacrificing huge numbers of them in storming seemingly impregnable fortresses) and in the way he trained them.

Suvorov's finest hours were during the next Turkish war in the late 1780s / early 1790s, followed rapidly by his invasion of a yet again rebellious Poland in 1794, with the finale in Nothern Italy in 1799 where he kicked around the French real good before leading his army out of Italy, in an epic crossing of the Alps.
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A must read for Napoleonic history buffs 20 Aug. 2012
By Steve Kemp - Published on
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I found out about Suvorov through blogs and forums. Did a bit research and found out he was an outstanding general. The big problem was finding a book about him that wasn't written in Russian. This book has been out of print for some time but if you can find it (at a reasonable price) buy it. This general never lost a battle and that includes victories again the French, Turks, Prussians, Fins and Poles. Usually outnumbered and ill supplied he nevertheless won convincingly over the enemy. If you can't find the book then do a bit of research over the web - fascinating guy.
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