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The Hussar General: The Life of Blücher, Man of Waterloo

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Without the timely arrival of the brave 72-year-old Blucher at the head of his Prussian army, the course of history could well have taken a dramatic turn. As well as telling the full story of Waterloo and Blucher's part in it, this book, containing letters and personal accounts, details a career which spanned the entire Napoleonic era. No other general clashed so many time ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Wordsworth Editions (first published January 1st 1975)
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I would probably rate this 3.5 as it does provide a good overview of the life of a man who was born to fight, and certainly did well at it. Blucher certainly wasn't political general, but fortunately, he had two good Chiefs of Staff when he needed them. He was courageous and always favored the bold approach, sometimes too much so.

I enjoyed the book as I didn't know that much about Blucher before I read it. One personal item of interest was the wounding and subsequent fate of his son, Frantz. It
'Aussie Rick'
Roger Parkinson's short but highly readable biography of Field Marshal Blucher, "The Hussar General" is a great story. Originally published in 1975 and although only 264 pages in length he still manages to tell an interesting and fast paced account of this most interesting Prussian General. The book is packed with accounts of the battles and skirmishes that Blucher participated in during the battles of the French Revolutionary Wars and the later on during the Napoleonic Wars.

This is not an in-d
Waterloo is often seen (mostly by Brits) as a showdown between Napoleon and Wellington. This is unfair on the vital role played in the battle by Blücher and his Prussians. This entertaining, informative biography, is a good introduction to this colourful and underestimated character. I even wished it had been a little longer, as it contained good material on the psychological effects of constant combat and the awakening of German nationalism.
John somers
Excellent biography of the outstanding prussian commander of the Napoleonic Wars. Led his army to Waterloo at the age of 72 after having had his horse fall on him 2 days before and one of the craziest people ever to be given command of an army (he once became convinced that he was pregnant with an elephant & the father was a french soldier). He faced Napoleon perhaps more often than any other commander and with far more success yet is a somewhat overlooked figure in english language history ...more
Ian Willey
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book on a really interesting man.

Has made me want to read more on his battles

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Roger Parkinson (b 1939), military historian.

Parkinson has written several books on the Second World War, and in particular on Dunkirk, the Desert Campaign and Pearl Harbour, and has published biographies of famous commanders such as Blucher, Clausewitz, Kutuzov, Ludendorff and Zapata.

His papers include typescripts and drafts of books and articles, some of which were published under the pseudonym
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