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The Road to Rivoli: Napoleon's First Campaign

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In the spring of 1796 the 26-year-old Napoleon took command of the Army of Italy - a collection of some 45,000 ill-fed, poorly-clothed and disillusioned men. He had only ever participated in one campaign and had never been involved in a major battle, much less conducted one as the commander of an army. And yet within just two months he and his scarecrow army had knocked th...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Cassell (first published June 30th 2001)
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'Aussie Rick'
This book on Napoleon's Italian campaign of 1796 by Martin Boycott-Brown is a great story of Napoleon Bonaparte's first military campaign. In over 500 pages of text the author presents a fluid and easy to follow account of the actions and maneuvers of this military genius.

He starts the book with a number of chapters outlining the French and Austrian armies, their weapons and tactics, and a brief account of Napoleon's rise to the command of the French armies in Italy. From there the author takes...more
Since Aussie Rick has already shared an excellent & thorough review of The Road to Rivoli, I'll simply reinforce what he said about the book's maps. To fully appreciate this great narrative, you'll need to look elsewhere for helpful maps of the areas in which the campaign took place. I kept A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars (by Esposito & Elting) close to hand as I read Boycott-Brown's book.
Not impressed with this book. Very dense and tough to read at times. Doesn't flow very well. Of the first 150 pages, about 100 are pure primary source quotes....there is almost no analysis for the first half of the book. Too much narrative for me to get interested.
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