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4.0 out of 5 stars A book aimed at the general reader., 28 Mar 2014
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Although the title would suggest that the main focus of this book is the battle of Borodino, the battle itself only takes up about a third of the book (33 out of 96 pages). I think this is about right in a book aimed at the general reader - on a grand level the battle wasn't that complex, something that is often hidden behind an overwhelming bulk of detail in longer books.

The rest of the book looks at the wider campaign, from the breakdown in relationships between the Tsar and Napoleon to the disastrous retreat from Moscow. There is a useful selection of potted biographies of the main commanders on both sides, a description of the two armies and their plans, a good account of the campaign from the start of the invasion to the battle of Borodino, the advance to Moscow and then the disastrous retreat that destroyed most of the Grande Armée.

The book is illustrated to Osprey's normal high standard, with some excellent campaign and battle maps and a good selection of contemporary illustrations. This is a clearly written account of a battle that failed to produce the crushing victory required by Napoleon, and that thus became a stepping stone on the road to the destruction of the Grande Armée. Recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Borodino 1812, 7 Nov 2012
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G W Hogg (Bracknell, Berkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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What you would expect from Osprey, it covers much more than the battle, the whole campaign in fact.
Unfortunatly like another title I have recently purchased ( Gettysberg ) it lacks a detailed map of the battle.
A good sampler for further research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted, 19 Jun 2013
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The Osprey series of books are extremely good quality and contain much detail. The excellent price offered at Amazon is difficult to ignore
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Borodino 1812 (Campaign) by Philip Haythornthwaite (Paperback - 20 Aug 2012)
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