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Too Little, Too Late. The Campaign in West and South Germany, June-July 1866 Hardcover – 13 Oct 2015

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (13 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190938450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909384507
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really good read. Along with the text comes many fine visual offerings, especially in the colour centre. --The Foreign Correspondent

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Having worked as a customs officer for many years, Michael Embree has subsequently worked in both the public and private sectors. He is married and lives in the United Kingdom.


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This is a beautifully produced book, quite the best I've seen from Helion some of whose earlier productions were a bit 'bargain basement' (unsurprisingly given the very small circulation and the tiny budgets they had to work with). This new book by Mike Embree is really top notch, lovely clear print, excellent plates and crisply reproduced maps and illustrations. As usual Mike's scholarship is evident on every page, he covers the campaigns in minute detail and adds just enough background information to keep someone not familiar with the period fully engaged. This is a formidable contribution to the small but growing number of new works on the war of 1866, it is to be hoped that Mr Embree hasn't put his pen down just yet.
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Michael Embree continues his works on nineteenth century campaigns with a lively and remarkably well-researched account of the campaign that pitted Prussia and her few satellite states against the massed forces of the German Confederation. The style is engaging and accessible yet does not stint on the detail sought by military history enthusiasts. Particularly welcome are the nineteen colour maps that clearly illustrate the flow of events. These appear to have been drafted specifically for the book, and therefore focus on the relevant points. There are also a number of informative appendices that provide tables of organisation, combat strengths and associated data, as well as an extensive bibliography. In contrast to many recent military histories, the author has not sought to 'sex up' the work with spurious assertions or fanciful theories that are based on little evidence and a poor understanding of the subject matter, but to provide a straightforward narrative and informed analysis.
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A good read and really well illustrated.
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The war of 1866, fought between Austria and Prussia, along with their respective allies, has sadly been a struggle under-represented in English language literature. Clearly overshadowed by the longer and more dramatic Franco-Prussian War, it is nonetheless just as important, if not more, in the development of Germany as the unified nation it became. Much of what is currently available in print and in English, focuses on the primary theater of operations in Bohemia, with scant reference to the war as it played out in Italy and western Germany.

That's is changing due to the efforts of historians such as Mr. Embree. He has previously written about the risorgimento in Italy with his wonderful "Radetzky's March" as well as the 1864 war between Austria and Prussia against the Danes in his "Bismarck's First War", a war which set the stage for the events of 1866, particularly in western Germany. While "Too Little, Too Late" is not as massive of an undertaking as either of those previous works, neither is the subject matter. However, Mr. Embree does give the struggles between the Prussians and allies against the Federal German forces a very thorough examination, detailing decisions and battles in a manner that is both enlightening and enjoyable to read. Which is a very nice contrast to other books on the topic such as the Official Bavarian Army history. The stage is set, both politically and militarily and the reader is given a clear picture of how events unfolded.

As an adjunct to his writing, the book is amply supplied with charts to make statistical analysis simple, along with many nice illustrations to help bring things to life.

2016 is the 150th anniversary of this war that made Germany. While I realistically expect that it will get none of the attention that the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War garnered, it is great to see work being done in the field. The fact that this work is accessible and not written in dry academic prose makes it all the more enjoyable. You can read Mr. Embree's writing both as an intellectual exercise, as well as for the sheer enjoyment of reading a book by the fireplace while sipping your schnapps. If you have already read Wawro, Hozier, Barry or for that matter any of the official histories, do yourself a favor and grab this volume to give your knowledge more depth.
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