1805: Austerlitz: Napoleon and the Destruction of the Third Coalition is a detailed military analysis of one of Napoleon's most famous battles. It may1805: Austerlitz: Napoleon and the Destruction of the Third Coalition is a detailed military analysis of one of Napoleon's most famous battles. It may not be an easy to read book with a free-flowing narrative but it is a well-researched and well-presented military study of a famous campaign.
The author has provided numerous footnotes through the book along with some decent maps to follow the action. He has also presented a number of points of views from previous books on the subject, highlighting differences and offering a likely scenario based on his research.
The book also has a number of first-hand accounts scattered throughout offering the perspective from those on the battlefield from both sides. The author has also provided the reader with some Biographical notes and some decent Order of Battle charts.
Overall a very good military history but maybe not as easy to get into as Christopher Duffy’s book; Austerlitz 1805, which is another very good account. ...more
This book; Attack in the West provides the reader with an easy to read and concise account of Napoleon’s Italian campaign of 1796. The book was firstThis book; Attack in the West provides the reader with an easy to read and concise account of Napoleon’s Italian campaign of 1796. The book was first published in 1953 with the view of offering military students a look into the methods used by Napoleon in this campaign to achieve victory against superior forces.
The book is easy to read and has multiple maps throughout the narrative to allow you to follow Napoleon’s movements and strategy. There is also a number of very large pull out maps at the back of the book to give you a perspective of the area that this campaign covered.
I found this book to be a fun and interesting read, to the point and although there is the occasional reference to Russia and the Cold War these do not detract from the story. If you wanted one easy to read book about Napoleon’s first campaign as a commander then this book should suit you. ...more
Frederick Kagan's first volume of a projected four volume series covering Napoleon and Europe provides the reader with a detailed and well researchedFrederick Kagan's first volume of a projected four volume series covering Napoleon and Europe provides the reader with a detailed and well researched account of the events leading up to and the conclusion of Napoleon's 1805 campaign against the Third Coalition.
I was a bit worried after reading some other readers comments that this book was going to be a anti-Napoleon tirade, glad to say it wasn't as bad as that. In many cases where the audience does not have access to the material used in the research of a book we have to trust the author. It would seem that Mr Kagan has gone to some lengths in researching this book and provides numerous notes to support his research.
I may not have agreed with everything he said about Napoleon and his actions but I didn't feel that he was going over the top to destroy my vision of Napoleon as a great military commander. I sometimes felt he could have given Napoleon more credit then he did but the author always attempted to show why he made certain statements.
The book does provide a in-depth diplomatic, political and military account of the events leading up to the 1805 campaign with a lot more about the Ulm encirclement and combats after the Austrian surrender that I had not read about previously, including the Battle of Durnstein, relevant to me as I had just walked through that very small town on the Danube not aware of the battle fought there between French and Russian forces.
The author's account of the Battle of Austerlitz was detailed and he provided numerous maps to follow the various actions. He also provide notes comparing the numerous sources and issues raised within those sources. The book does not end with the close of fighting on that fateful day but follows the many political and diplomatic going-ons between the various leaders and nations.
Overall I enjoyed this book enough to say that I will be ordering the next volume in the series as soon as its published....more