Solferino 1859: The Battle for Italy's Freedom

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Osprey's Campaign title for the battle of Solferino (1859), which was the decisive action of the Franco-Austrian War. Fought near Lake Garda in northern Italy, it was the largest European battle since Leipzig in 1813 with over a quarter of a million combatants. In the presence of three crowned heads of state - Napoleon III of France, Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria and Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia (later the King of all Italy) - the armies clashed in a bitterly fought contest that would leave more...
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Overview

Osprey's Campaign title for the battle of Solferino (1859), which was the decisive action of the Franco-Austrian War. Fought near Lake Garda in northern Italy, it was the largest European battle since Leipzig in 1813 with over a quarter of a million combatants. In the presence of three crowned heads of state - Napoleon III of France, Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria and Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia (later the King of all Italy) - the armies clashed in a bitterly fought contest that would leave more than 40,000 dead and give the battle a reputation for savagery that would inspire not only the formation of the Red Cross, but also the first Geneva Convention. As a crucial climax to the Second Italian War of Independence, this title covers the build-up to the battle, including actions at Montebello, Palestro and Magenta that led to the decisive moment of the campaign. Full-color battlescene artwork and detailed maps illustrate this comprehensive account of the commanders, armies, plans and aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles of the period.
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"This book by Richard Brooks covers the various battles fought during this campaign that let up to the final battle at Solferino. We get a good look at the opposing commanders through the eyes of those who wrote about them during this time and how their armies performed." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness, (September 2009) 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033858
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,393,738
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Brooks is a freelance military historian with a BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in International Relations from Southampton University. With numerous published articles dating back to 1969 his recent work includes Cassell's Battlefields of Britain and Ireland (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005) and The Royal Marines -1664 to the Present (Constable & Robinson, 2002).
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