3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2006
At last an Osprey book of the old school!
Short concise and interesting!
Well written and understanable even for someone who is not an indepth Napoleonic student.
Short write up on some of the last battles of 1813/1814.
Sadly overpriced like all Osprey books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2009
An excellent read about a little known section of the Imperial Guard who were only in existance for the few desperate months before Napoleons first abdication. The sound research is very well documentated with uniforms and unit organsations covered in copious detail, not only within the 'Scouts' themselves but how these Regiments related to and were integrated into their parent Guard Cavalry units and describes the organistion and continued reorganisation of the Guard Cavalry Corps as demanded by events as they unfolded rapidly during this uncertain time.
And the whirlwind feel to the frantic battles and manouvres of the final months of the First Empire, captures the desperation of all concerned and illustrates Napoleons masterly military prowess as he befuddles and bedazzles two much larger armies in his favourite strategy of the 'Central Position'.
The description of the last campaign is not only vested in consumate knowledge but is fast paced and an exciting read.
Well illustrated, an excellent addition to any library of the Napoleonic enthusiast.