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Incomparable: Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment (General Military) [Hardcover]

Terry Crowdy
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20 Sep 2012 General Military
An elite battalion under Louis XVI, the 9th Light Infantry regiment were with Napoleon from almost the beginning, turning the field at Marengo and breaking the Austrians. They then spent over a decade fighting their way across the continent, following Napoleon to the bitter end of the Napoleonic Wars. Bringing their Eagle out of hiding when Napoleon returned from exile in 1815 they almost saved the day again, at Waterloo, spearheading a charge to rejoin Napoleon. But unlike at Marengo, they failed. Napoleon dubbed them Incomparable, and their story is extraordinary even by the standards of the dramatic and turbulent years in which they lived; those of the infamous Napoleonic Wars.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083324
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Crowdy is the author of a number of books on the French armed forces during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. His latest book 'Incomparable' tells the story of Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment.

He has also written on a number of 'Secret War' topics including The Enemy Within (2006), and Deceiving Hitler (2008) and edited the memoirs of Donald Dean VC, a Kentish hero who fought in both world wars.

Terry Crowdy is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington and several other former royal residences.

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'...a ripping yarn, very difficult to put down, obviously based on years of very deep research in various archives and collections, which have given the author a very intimate knowledge of the officer corps of the regiment and of its daily routines, operating procedures, strengths and weaknesses. Through the well-woven narrative the reader becomes close to several of the main characters of the regiment, as the progress of the 9th is charted through the subsequent campaigns of 1805, 1806 and 1807, then into Spain. ...fascinatingly readable history... I recommend it thoroughly. (Digby Smith, Napoleon Series forum) --Napoleon Series forum

Full-color reproductions of paintings and uniform illustrations enhance this 416-page, hardcover book. Rather than a straightforward regimental history, this is a dramatic look inside the Napoleonic war machine. I highly recommend this remarkable true story of soldiers who got caught up in Napoleon's meteoric career as an empire was conquered and then lost. --Toy Soldier & Model Figure

Terry Crowdy's impressive Incomparable: Napoleon's 9th Light Regiment is a fabulous doorway to the goings on in the barracks of one of the French emperor's most highly regarded units. You meet the soldiers and the officers and follow them through their careers and service in Napoleon's army... Above all Incomparable is a terrific tale of the men who took French military power to the heights of conquering most of Europe... I found I become so involved in the men of the 9th that I had to really force myself to put it down. It is a mighty read and I didn't want to finish it. --Richard Moore www.napoleonicguide.com

...documents an elite battalion under Louis XVI, the 9th Light Infantry, which was with Napoleon from the start of his campaign. Motivated by a deep fear of failure, this regiment was to perform unbelievable tasks and spent over a decade following Napoleon on all his campaigns, right up to the end. This story of soldiers who became part of this war machine offers insights on the lives and achievements of these men, and is a top pick for any military history holding. --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)

About the Author

Terry Crowdy is the author of a number of books on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. After participating in the bicentennial celebrations of Napoleon's early battles, Terry Crowdy began extensive research into the daily lives of soldiers of the periods, on land and at sea. In addition he has a keen interest in espionage subjects and has written on a number of 'Secret War' topics including The Enemy Within (2006), and Deceiving Hitler (2008). He lives in Kent and is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington and several other former royal residences.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable! 13 Jan 2013
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Crowdy's best yet. The level of research is evident by the detail we are given. The book begins by setting the scene for us and then really takes off from the battle of Marengo. A nice touch is that Crowdy cares enough for those characters who survived the wars, to tell us something of their fate in the epilogue. Helpful maps and colour plates bring the reader closer to the events described. A measure of the writing is that I found myself wanting the 9th to beat the allies!
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With the exception of the Imperial Guard, the factual history of specific French regiments during the Napoleonic Wars written in English are a rarity indeed.

Mr. Crowdy has not only addressed a void but has done so in a way that really brings the story of the 9eme Legere (9th Light Infantry)to life. In so doing, and as a result of lengthy and meticulous research, the reader gets a real insight into a "typical" French infantry regiment in Napoleon's army during the period . (Although the 9th Light did have a distinguished role during the wars from 1800 - 1815, especially in turning the tide in Napoleon's favour at the Battle of Marengo).

The writing style is such that the "story" of the regiment, from its creation in 1784 to its demise in 1815, flows easily. This is not therefore a dry textbook only of interest to the military historian of the period. It has appeal to the general reader as much as to the military (and for that matter, social) historian. Events, battles, personalities and the fortunes of the Regiment are described in the context of the times with a balance that gives enough detail for those that like detail, but in a colourful and vivid manner which is suitable for the more general reader.

This book is a significant achievement and an essential contribution to the literature on the Napoleonic period. I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read. 13 May 2013
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I thought this book was really good, giving an Englishman like me a rare insight into the Napoleonic wars from a French perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read worth a go. 14 Feb 2013
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A good read well worth a read will be keeping this one nice change to read of the French side for a change.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok 8 April 2013
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bit of a story book. not much of a read, better books available. I would buy one of these, and not this one
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