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Excellent book on a little known war,
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This review is from: Solferino 1859 (Campaign) (Paperback)
The Franco-Italian/Austrian War of 1859 (known to Italians as Risorgimento) that set Italy on the path to becoming an independent nation has almost been ignored in detail by English Language books which have tended to look at the Crimean war and then fast forward through the American Civil War to the Franco-Prussian War.
This book, therefore, provides welcome detail of the war and the two principal battles - Magenta and Solferino (at the time the largest battle in Europe). As with all Osprey publications it has plenty of maps and illustrations. It shows how the smaller but better led (particularly at the lower levels) French, aided by the Piedmontese rang rings around the Austrians who were held back on so many levels (poor leadership, poorly motivated soldiers, outdated weapons and tactics, limited grasp of logistics). I would recommend this book to any historian looking at how warfare developed in the era and those interested in Italian history.