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Toulon, 1793: Napoleon's First Great Victory (Campaign)
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on 26 November 2013
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The book does a nice job of laying out the tactics and maneuvers of each side. At the outset, there was a "back and forth" element to the combat. Later, with General Dugommier taking command, the French forces did much better. In November and December of 1793, the French became more aggressive. Ultimately, they attacked the Allies in a complex but pretty successful movement. Napoleon took an important role in leading an attack (although he was scarcely the only one who performed well). Thus began Napoleon's career as a leader of French forces.

Overall another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text is backed up with superb artwork, illustrations, highly recommended.
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It is always interesting to look at the beginnings of great people - they are frequently less than stellar. Osprey did already a good job showing the first battles of George Washington in "Monongahela" and here is an even greater general in his first real battle - Napoleon Bonaparte. And this is a great story!

Author did a really good job. The description of events is clear, it is easy to follow and pleasant to read. Illustrations are nice, maps are well done. Colour plates are nice, but there is only two of them (OK, this is not author's fault - Osprey decided to play it cheap).

The strong point of the book is the really good description of the unique features of this battle, such as the presence of political commissars in the French revolutionary army and also the unique alliance between citizens of Toulon and the British. One surprising thing is that so many of the commanders in this battle performed poorly, on both sides. Napoleon appears as military competent but finally not a very likeable character.

There are clearly things to be learned from this book and anyway it is a very enjoyable read.
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