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Armies of the Napoleonic Wars: An Illustrated History

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The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal fighting, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the wilderness of the Peninsula, and from Egypt to the bloody battlefield of Waterloo. Fighting took place on an unprecedented scale across Europe, and over the entire period of the wars Napoleon led his Grand Armée and his allies against almost every European nation, and against varying coalitions. This book provides a comprehensive guide to all the major armies of the Napoleonic Wars, of France, Britain, ...
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Overview

The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal fighting, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the wilderness of the Peninsula, and from Egypt to the bloody battlefield of Waterloo. Fighting took place on an unprecedented scale across Europe, and over the entire period of the wars Napoleon led his Grand Armée and his allies against almost every European nation, and against varying coalitions. This book provides a comprehensive guide to all the major armies of the Napoleonic Wars, of France, Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Spain and Portugal. Covering the changes experienced by the armies over the period, the author details the organization, infantry, cavalry, and artillery of each. With stunning original artwork of the often glorious uniforms worn into battle, period illustrations of the equipment used, and photographs, this is a beautiful and in-depth study of the armies that fought in the Napoleonic campaigns.
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"Well, all-in-all this is a great buy for the price, and it is certainly a great alternative to getting at least a dozen other Osprey titles separately. As an easily accesible introductory text, every Napoleonic wargamer’s library should have a copy of this book." - History in Miniature, historyinminiature.wordpress.com (October 2009)

"Two of the main strengths of the book are the illustrations and the detailed descriptions of the major armies.  The illustrations are well done.  If you are a modeler, you will appreciate the detailed, full color illustrations – these include uniforms and types of artillery used by the different national armies.  In addition, the inclusion of illustrations showing the different battle formations and movements of the infantry was a good visualization. With regards to the detailed descriptions of the major armies, the chapter’s of the book are generally divided by country.  Each chapter has a general overview of the particular country’s army and then sections on the infantry, artillery, and cavalry.  You gain a better understanding of the strategies and tactics that each country embraced in the various wars... This book is an excellent addition to any military history library." -Jeff Grim, Collected Miscellany/collectedmiscellany.com (December 2009)

"[Armies of the Napoleonic Wars] covers all the armies that took part in the Napoleonic Wars, including those of relatively lesser-known, smaller countries. The book gives an overview of each army at the start of campaigns, then goes on to provide precise information on the infantry, cavalry, artillery and command structures. There is plenty of detail for those interested in the minutiae of the daily life of a Napoleonic soldier, including his rations, weapons and drill. Just about everything one would ever want to know about the armies of the Napoleonic Wars is included in this book." -Geoff Woods, Toy Soldier & Model Figure
 
"This book would appear to be as rare as unubtanioum! I have to say that this book is incredible, it is a whooping 432 pages and about 180 or so of the pages are color plates from all major and some minor combatants of the Napoleonic wars!  I have been reading the French portion first and specifically about the French artillery of the period today and in reading these 6 pages or so I have learned more about French artillery then I had ever known before!" -RazorOne223, Miniature Wargames Junkie blog (6/11/2010)

"...an excellent primer and serves to whet the appetite ... a lavishly illustrated hardback with text by experts on the armies of the Napoleonic Wars." -Paul Robinson, The Wargamer (February 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849086486
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 634,124
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris McNab is an author and editor. To date he has published over 25 books, including Twentieth Century Small Arms (2001), Gunfighters -The Outlaws and their weapons (2005, contributing editor), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002) and The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000). He is the co-author of Tools of Violence (2008) and has recently completed Deadly Force (2009), both for Osprey. Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, including African-American Biographies (2006), USA 1950s (2006) and Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), and has contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq.
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