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Orphan Eagles: Polish Armies of the Napoleonic Wars Paperback – 7 Aug 2015
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About the Author
Vincent W. Rospond received his Master's in Eastern European History from the University of Illinois as well as studying at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the MBA program at Seton Hall University. He has spent almost 20 years as an executive in the publishing and gaming industry. He started Winged Hussar Publishing, LLC (WHP) as a venture for historians to publish books and articles on lesser known periods of history and give readers access to translated historical documents. His first book for WHP is a new edition of Caesar's Commentaries of the Gallic Wars. In addition to his work at WHP, he is editor of the Journal of America's Military Past, a peered reviewed journal focusing on the people, places and things related to America's military. He currently lives at the sunny New Jersey shore with his wife, kids and dog.
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21 August 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book is a like a mix of Digby Smith's Napoleonic Data Book and Napoleon's Regiments and the Osprey Men-at-Arms series. It contains 174 pages divided into Introduction, Origins of the Polish Legions, The Army in Poland, 1812, 1813, Appendix 1, Select Biographies, Appendix 2, Battles of the Legions in Italy, Appendix 3, Battles of the Duchy of Warsaw, Chronology of the Polish Legions, Chronology of 1809, Chronology of 1812, List of Illustrations and bibliography. The Polish story is not a simple one, it was full of many ups and downs and this title goes some way to explain the complexities of their dramatic history. There is a mass of information on uniforms and army formations, plus the history of the various Polish formations and their involvements during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, including the First Legion in the desperate struggle for Haiti, the Polish uprisings and the various campaigns fought by Napoleon. The names of various regiments and units are given, along with their commanders and battle histories. Besides this information, there is a lengthy section of select biographies and two lengthy sections of descriptions of the Battles of the Legions in Italy and the Battles of the Duchy of Warsaw. Virtually all the prints displaying actions scenes, uniforms, weapons, flags and portraits are in colour. This is a very informative book but it suffers from some of the images being faint and far too small to be fully appreciated. The narrative also suffers now and again from words not being separated (page 108-withHenrykDabrowski, page 112-beyondCollagna) although they were more annoying than an actual hindrance to reading. Also annoying, was that the sections describing the numerous battle actions were recorded in alphabetical order, rather than by date, so that, for example, a battle in 1811 (page 122) was followed by one (page 123) in 1809, rather than the other way around. In the section discussing the various personalities, a Vincent Krasinski (1782-1858) was described as joining the national cavalry at 8 years old and was appointed to lieutenant aged 10. Then he becomes a colonel in 1806. And the one describing Piotr Strzyzewski (1777-1854) ended with him being in command of the 16th Lancers, with no indication of what happened to him afterwards. But the faults are really minor and there are some interesting items, such as infantry units being armed with rifled muskets and carbines (page 96) and the artillery digging trenches across the front of their gun positions (page 48) in order to trap the enemy's rolling cannon balls. Overall, this title is a wonderfully informative book, but as with many titles offered by a variety of publishers, it also contains minor errors. But hopefully they will be reduced in any future publications. It appears to be the first Napoleonic title offered by the publishers and for that they should be applauded and it will certainly make a welcome addition to anyone's collection.
12 November 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Bought this hoping to find some clear reference for the vistula regiment, was immediately disappointed with the quality of the book. It's printed on very low quality paper, the reproduction of images is extremely poor. The information itself is at times contradictory and unclear. Wouldn't have bough this had I viewed it first.
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