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Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

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An impressive and serious study one of the most fascinating military campaigns in history. September 7, 1812, by itself is one of the most cataclysmic days in the history of war: 74,000 casualties at the Battle of Borodino. And tiffs was well before the invention of weapons of mass destruction like machine guns or breech-loading rifles.

Nafziger's detailed study includes a clear exposition on the power structure in Europe at the time leading up to Napoleon's fateful decision to ...

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Overview

An impressive and serious study one of the most fascinating military campaigns in history. September 7, 1812, by itself is one of the most cataclysmic days in the history of war: 74,000 casualties at the Battle of Borodino. And tiffs was well before the invention of weapons of mass destruction like machine guns or breech-loading rifles.

Nafziger's detailed study includes a clear exposition on the power structure in Europe at the time leading up to Napoleon's fateful decision to attempt what turned out to be impossible: the conquest of Russia. Also included are complete orders of battle and detailed descriptions of the opposing forces.

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Library Journal
Napoleon scholar Nafziger details one of the bloodiest campaigns of world history in this 1988 title. In addition to a hefty text, this also offers numerous maps and appendixes that include everything from treaties, political documents, and orders of battle for the numerous units to lists of supplies, the numbers of troops and their locations, and more. A truly exhaustive reference.
Booknews
Do not be fooled by its size. Over half the book is maps, appendices, and index. Interesting reading with a clear and concise structure. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891416616
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 822,820
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction xiii
Chapter I The Causes of the 1812 Campaign 1
Chapter II The French Army: Its Organization, Training and Equipment 13
Chapter III The Armies of France's Allies 47
Chapter IV The Organization of the Russian Army 69
Chapter V Supply Considerations 83
Chapter VI Preparations for the Invasion 93
Chapter VII The Battle Is Joined 109
Chapter VIII The Northern and Southern Operations 129
Chapter IX Failure at Smolensk 173
Chapter X The March on Moscow 197
Chapter XI Kutusov Turns to Fight 215
Chapter XII The Turning Point--The Battle of Borodino 233
Chapter XIII The Hollow Victory 259
Chapter XIV The Russian Northern Offensive 271
Chapter XV The Russian Southern Offensive 289
Chapter XVI The Nightmare at the Berezina 315
Chapter XVII Aftermath--The French Phoenix 333
Terrain Diagrams
Engagement at Romanov, 7 March
First Battle of Polotsk, 17 June
Engagement at Mir, 28 June
Battle of Saltanovka, 11 July
Battle of Ostrowno, 13/14 July
Battle of Jakobovo, 19 July
Battle of Loubino, 7 August
Battle of Smolensk, 7 August
Battle of Gorodetchna, 12 August
Battle of Borodino, 7 September
Battle of Trautino, 6 October
Battle of Polotsk, (second battle) 18 October
Battle at Malo-Jaroslavetz, 24 October
Battle of Smoliantsy, 1 November
Battle of Krasnoe, 5 November
Battle of Berezina, 16 November
Appendix I Treaties 341
Appendix II Orders of Battle 1810-1811 387
Appendix III Orders of Battle 1812 421
Appendix IV Miscellaneous Documentation 573
Bibliography 641
Index 651
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    The Emperor Elting

    The amount of interesting maps, the amount of Orders of Battles, the amount of informations, the objectivity, the professionalism of the author....just one of the best books ever on Napoleonics.

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