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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (14 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841767948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841767949
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ronald Pawly, born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1956, is a member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies. He has contributed to two major French reference works, 'Repertoire Mondial des Souvenirs Napoleonien' and 'Dictionnaire des Colonels de Napoleon'. He has written several books for Osprey, including Men-at-Arms 378: 'Napoleon's Guards of Honour', and Elite 115: 'Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (1) Organization and Personnel'. Patrice Courcelle was born in France in 1950 and has been a professional illustrator for some 20 years. Entirely self-taught, his dramatic and lucid style has won him widespread admiration in the field of military illustration. Patrice lives a few miles from the battlefield of Waterloo with his wife and son.

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THE FIRST PART of this study discussed and illustrated the composition, organization and functions of the various departments and offices of Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters - the Grand Quartier General Imperial. Read the first page
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By paul leask on 18 July 2013
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Napoleon and his armies are asubject that has been written about time and again. The man himself, his marshals and his fightning men have been discussed and debated endlessly, but what enabled the man to rule as emperor and still lead his armies? The answer is here, in part. Space precludes an in depth discussion, but otherwise, this is a good thumbnail sketch of the immediate organisation that allowed the man to function. Neglected? Well, when the competition includes the Old Guard, marshal Ney and Napoleon himself, it is not surprising that the organisation is often ignored. This book rectifies that and provides a useful step to further research. I am not fond of Napoleon, but this book is an essential part of my collection and goes along way towards explaining his success.
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A Good Introduction of a Rare but Important Subject 3 Feb. 2013
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A headquarters is the brain which controls and coordinates the various arms and departments of an army. This book, which is one of the two volumes, covers the imperial headquarters of the French Napoleonic Grand Army, is written by Ronald Pawly and illustrated by Patrice Courcelle. It is 64 pages long, with 8 beautifully done color plates. There is a selected bibliography on page 57 and an index on page 64. The book is divided into several chapters. Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Imperial Headquarters, which is subdivided into several sections: The Military Household; The Emperor's Cabinet (Secretariat, Intelligence Office, Topographical Office); The Civil Household; Chapter 3: Army General Headquarters, which is subdivided into several sections: Marshal Berthier's Cabinet, Berthier's Private Military Staff, Army General Staff, Army Administration; Chapter 4: Napoleon's Entourage on Campaign (1809:Remounts and Vehicles, Russia 1812, Napoleon's Immediate Entourage, Billets, The Imperial Tented Camp, Reducations of 1813, The Hundred Days, and Headquarters Unit).Pages 54 to 56 list the Army General Headquarters Nominal Roll on August 1, 1812. Of particular interest to me are the photogrpahs of a Berline coupe and landau on pages 31 and 32. Napoleon's transports are subjects that have recently been gaining attention by modelers and wargamers. This is a great introductory studies of an important but often overlooked area. Modelers, wargames and military history readers who are interested in the Napoleonic Wars period will find this book a valuable addition to their library or collection.
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Great book on this organization 8 Dec. 2014
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Excellent book on this subject covers everything you would want to know the A-Z of this subject. Covers the organization and the many generals and staff members in it. The battle of waterloo is also covered briefly, but the confusion in the battle is covered in detail. One of the best portion on this book is the confusion and slow response from the french to the british and prussian armies during the battle. Drawings and maps are a plus to this book.
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Five Stars 21 Dec. 2014
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An excellent addition to the series.
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