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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Military Study, 26 July 2003
This review is from: Napoleon's Campaign in Poland, 1806-07 (Greenhill Military Paperback) (Paperback)
This book, following on from his engaging account of Napoleon’s victory over Prussia in 1806, is Loraine Petre’s second book in his series of five accounts covering Napoleon and his campaigns. This time the author offers the reader an in-depth military study of Napoleon’s campaign in Poland. In this account we find Napoleon manoeuvring into Poland to meet the advancing Russian armies moving to assist the meagre Prussian forces left over after being defeated in detail by Napoleon and his Marshals.
The author follows every move of this fascinating campaign and offers detailed insights into the battles fought during the terrible winter weather in Poland. We read about the bloody battle at Eylau and latter of Napoleon’s crushing victory over the Russians at Friedland. Using numerous sources and first-hand accounts the reader gets a detailed military narrative and analysis of each skirmish and battle fought in this campaign.
Again a word of caution, this book was first published in the early 1900’s and the style of writing does take some getting used. However, once you have mastered the style the narrative moves along quite easily except for the occasional break to check the maps as you follow the converging armies in the hinterland of Poland. The maps (10) are not the best but detailed enough to locate the points mentioned and to follow the various movements in the battles. The author also provides a number of black and white plates of the personalities and locations mentioned in the narrative.
Overall this is a very decent military study covering Napoleon’s campaign in Poland where within six months he had beaten the Russian armies and forced the Russian Czar to sign a treaty at Tilsit. “Napoleon’s Campaign in Poland is a brilliant overview of Napoleon’s vaunted army confronting some of its most worthy opponents.” – From the back cover of the book.
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