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Janos 17 May 04 09:02

Books: Best Books/Links on The Napoleonic Era
 
The Napleonic era is one of the most written about timeperiods in history. There are hundreds of good books on the armies and tactics of Napoleon and his peers in other nations.

I've only dabbled in that era, and have stuck faithfully to my Osprey books and a few other good books on uniforms.

What are your favorite books on the Naploenic wars?

JS

dannybou 17 May 04 09:57

For an overview of his Campaigns:

Blundering to glory by Owen Connelly. ISBN: 0-8420-2780-7

Wolfe Tone 17 May 04 18:10

The best single volume work is 'The Campaigns of Napoleon', by David Chandler.

One of my first buys ever and worth every penny!

But with such a big subject the list would be huge.

Gepard 18 May 04 10:09

One you finish Chandler's book...
 
Once you finish Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon, my second recomendation would be John Elting's Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armee. Something a bit shorter and very readable would be Gunther Rothenberg's Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon.

Lance Williams 18 May 04 12:38

Re: One you finish Chandler's book...
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Gepard
Once you finish Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon, my second recomendation would be John Elting's Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armee. Something a bit shorter and very readable would be Gunther Rothenberg's Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon.
Thanks for the recommendations. I have read about specific battles and the Peninsula Campaign in some detail, but have been searching for a good over view. I have "The Encyclopedia of the Napoleonic War" which is a could reference, but it doesn't really tell how how one battle "flows" into another.

Saint Jeremy 24 May 04 20:19

At Barnes & Nobles, I found a book called Napoleon as Military Commander. Writted by Sir THomas Cromwell back in 67. Good read and for only 8 bucks, who can beat the price

Janos 20 Jun 04 10:10

This is a good list of books on Nappy, but how about all the rest of the war? Are there good books that anyone could suggest for

1. A basic intro.

2. Tactics

3. Organization of the armies

4. The politico-military situation

Thanks!

JS

Tom DeFranco 24 Jun 04 19:20

Quote:

Originally posted by Janos
This is a good list of books on Nappy, but how about all the rest of the war? Are there good books that anyone could suggest for

1. A basic intro.

2. Tactics

3. Organization of the armies

4. The politico-military situation

Thanks!

JS

There is a book on Napoleonic tactics, "With Musket, Sword and Cannon" by Brent Nosworthy.

Avalon 01 Aug 05 19:50

Links: Best Links - Napoleonic Era
 
A thread devoted the best websites on the Napoleonic Era..

Avalon 01 Aug 05 19:54

This excellent site has free electronic literature on the subject of Napoleon..

http://www.napoleonic-literature.com/

Nico 08 Aug 05 15:11

Very good page with a lot of information about armies in Napoleonic Era.

http://web2.airmail.net/napoleon/

Weeble 23 Oct 05 16:56

The Peninsular War
 
This is an excellent site. Some 'dead' links in it now, but otherwise: :thumup:

http://www.peninsularwar.org/

R.N. Armstrong 27 Nov 05 11:25

A classic is Three Napoleonic Battles by Harold T. Parker.

Wolfe Tone 28 Nov 05 09:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by R.N. Armstrong
A classic is Three Napoleonic Battles by Harold T. Parker.

I have seen it around but never picked up a copy. Maybe next time!

Reading Christopher Duffy's Austerlitz 1805 right now as the 200th Aniversary is next Friday.

His book Borodino is also worth reading.

R.N. Armstrong 28 Nov 05 09:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wolfe Tone
I have seen it around but never picked up a copy. Maybe next time!

Parker weaves in a surgeon's account to discuss the types of wounds and casualties in Napoleonic battles--the stuff that cuts through glory varnish on war.
His mastery of the pen is an enjoyable read.


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