- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Histoire et Collections (2 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2352501512
- ISBN-13: 978-2352501510
- Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 23.4 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Battle Of Ocana (Great Battles of First Empire) (Great Battles of the First Empire) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2012
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The good news is that this book covers a rare subject, and covers it well (if you double check the translated English - the translator, for example, cannot distinguish between a division, a regiment or a battalion) - buy it, and enjoy it, but be warned!
The problem with battles fought solely between French and Spanish armies is that accounts of them in English are rare. And this one’s a biggie, because Ocana is chiefly memorable for the largest cavalry action, in terms of the total number of combatants, during the entire Peninsular war. Yet one Spanish monograph apart, little has been written about the affair.
I suppose that’s understandable to a degree. Despite it being a great French victory, the war in Iberia was ultimately considered a pretty futile sideshow to cataclysmic events elsewhere in Napoleonic Europe. British historians never really took an interest because Wellington’s small army was not involved and for the Spanish, Ocana was a huge disaster so best swept quietly under the carpet.
What made it all the more interesting for me was the Spanish outnumbered the French, especially in cavalry, so there seemed no good reason why they should have lost. And if they had beaten Marshal Soult, in command at that time, they could have marched on the Spanish capital Madrid, seat of Napoleon’s brother King Joseph. Who knows what might have happened then?
But the French triumphed and gave the book it’s slightly confusing subtitle. The Spanish army was called the Army of the Centre, in case you were wondering, because they did have more than one.Read more ›
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I have all the H&C Napoleonic books-As with all the other books excellent item, good pictures.Published 20 months ago by charles mulholland
These books are becoming the industry standard. You get an excellent account of the battle and superb uniform details. Read morePublished on 29 July 2014 by Redcaer
This is an attractive and lavishly illustrated book in keeping with the rest of the series. I was unaware of the battle so this was a welcome addition but I have a few... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer