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Warfare in the Age of Napoleon-Volume 5: The Retreat from Moscow, the Peninsular Campaign and the War of the Sixth Coalition, 1812-1813 [Paperback]

Theodore A. Dodge

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23 Aug 2011
The fifth volume of a major work on warfare in the Napoleonic age

The author of this substantial multi-volume history, Theodore A Dodge, was not only an historian of stature and note but also a soldier. He wrote several well regarded histories of the campaigns and battles of the Civil War and other works of military history. Perhaps his most outstanding achievement was a series of books, published under the umbrella title 'the Art of War,' focusing on different historical periods as typified by their most notable military commanders-including the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar in the ancient world and the wars of the 17th and 18th century as fought by great captains including Gustavus Adolphus, Frederick and Marlborough. This volume is part of his in depth study of the Napoleonic period, which in its entirety was comprised of four huge volumes that benefited from the inclusion of almost 800 small scale uniform drawings, portraits of notable personalities and numerous theatre, campaign and battlefield maps. This retitled Leonaur edition has been revised to form volumes of approximately equal size reformatted to enable us to enlarge all the illustrations and maps for the benefit of the reader. This series is an excellent history of the campaigns and battles of the Napoleonic Age but it goes far beyond the historical record. Dodge critically examines the strategies and tactics of all the military commanders in such a clear and authoritative manner that the student of military history can clearly understand the errors of those about to suffer defeat and the expertise-or in the case of Napoleon Bonaparte, the military genius-of the victors. This is an invaluable guide to warfare in the age of Napoleon and is highly recommended. This fifth volume covers the final battles as Napoleons Grand Army reached his objective of the Russian capital. Smolensk, Valutino and Borodino preceded the untenable occupation of the Moscow followed by the retreat to the Beresina. In the Iberian peninsula the Duke of Wellington was inflicting reverses on the French at Salamanca and Vittoria. Napoleon's star was now waning and 1813 brought Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden and Leipzig spelling the beginning of the end for the Napoleonic era.
Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Was My Genisis into Napoleonics 11 Mar 2012
By Michael England - Published on Amazon.com
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Some writers should be read for their style alone. One such writer is John Ruskin -- probably the greatest stylist in the English language ever! It didn't matter what Ruskin's subject was, he was an utter joy to read. That's what made him so popular in 19th Century England. Read anything by him and you'll see what I mean.

T.A. Dodge should be read just because of his enthusiasm with his subjects! This old Civil War Yankee officer has an enthusiasm over his subjects that is quite infectuous! I think he is at least the equal to Gen. Lew Wallace (also of the Yankee Army, but I won't hold it against him either) author of Ben-Hur and The Fair God.

T.A. Dodge reinds me of my favorite teacher from my high school days at Bryan Adams in Dallas, Tom Allen. Professor Allen had an enthusiasm about History -- espacially Texas History and the American Civil War -- that got every class fired up with the joy of History -- that's REAL history, not the revisionist dung they're trying to pass off as History in high schools these days.

You want to know the truth? You're going to have to go looking for it yourself. Expect it to be a solitary journey ...and trust no one who trys to tell you what to think or believe -- especially the mainstream liberal, leftist press; which has lost its objectivity and is utterly corrupted and failed in its public trust, if not treasonous against the American people and humanity generally.

One thing you CAN trust is that T.A. Dodge loves his subject matter in all his works.

I always speak of the dead in the present tense, if their works survive them and are still being read. There is no greater way to honor someone than to remember them well centuries past their time on Earth -- especially if they are still vital and have impact upon distant posterity. One such person is T.A. Dodge.

I first read Warfare in the Age of Napoleon in the summer of 1964. I was in Austin, Texas to make a comic movie short subject called, The Heisters that trailed with A High Wind in Jamaica with Anthony Quinn the following year. I had gone to the University of Texas Library, saw this work by Dodge (then as four volumes instead of the current six), checked them out and proceeded to read. I never read anything I ever enjoyed more! It was the beginning of my remaining life's excursion through Napoleonic History; which also inspired me to start collecting military wargame miniatures and fighting table top battles over miniature, sculpted terrain. Actually, I started with Hannibal's Carthaginians and still game with ancients, but I also read T.A. Dodge's Hannibal; which really got me going! Wargaming has been my hobby ever since. It is the greatest hobby ever, bar none! I thank T.A. Dodge for it as much as I do H.G. Wells for being the man who popularized the old Prussian General Staff's "Kriegspiel" rules from 1870 and making it possible for the average English citizen to play wargames in their parlors and back yards in 1913. Wargaming is now a world-wide phenomenon. I am just now getting my own Napoleonic miniature armies in preparation to gaming out Napoleon's invasion of Russia campaign in 1812 in 15mm scale in this Bicentennial year of this epoch. I even have a miniature representative town for Borodino, including a model of the Orthodox Church still standing there today. I thank T.A, Dodge's works on Napoleon, as much as anyone else, for bringing me to this point in my life. I like to refer to my hobby as, "a magnificent, little spectacle."

It should go without saying that every real man and boy (and the more intelligent women and girls) will find these six volumes by Dodge an utter joy to read! I could not recommend them more whitout becoming an idiot lunatic (which I might be in any case)!

-- Mike England
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