Napoleon’s Infantry Handbook

B2214

The author has provided an enjoyable book from a mosaic of original manuals and material garnered from a number of sources. Any reader who has any interest in the Napoleonic period must read this book. However, it will also be a valuable source of information for military history enthusiasts who have a primary interest in other periods of history. Napoleon and his subordinates wrote their manuals from their own direct experience of soldiering and from the manuals that had been written earlier. The successes of Napoleon and his generals have also inspired later military figures to study the manuals produced to achieve those successes, and this has flavoured all of the manuals written since by armies around the world. A valuable addition to any library of military history – most recommended.

reviews.firetrench.com

adn.firetrench.com

bgn.firetrench.com

nthn.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com

NAME: Napoleon’s Infantry Handbook
DATE: 260815
FILE: R2214
AUTHOR: T E Crowdy
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 285
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Napoleon, Napoleonic Wars, French Army, French Infantry, tactics, organization, training, formations weapons, equipment, deployment
ISBN: 1-78346-295-7
IMAGE: B2214.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/pf6mccd
LINKS:
DESCRIPTION: The author has provided an enjoyable book from a mosaic of original manuals and material garnered from a number of sources. Any reader who has any interest in the Napoleonic period must read this book. However, it will also be a valuable source of information for military history enthusiasts who have a primary interest in other periods of history. Napoleon and his subordinates wrote their manuals from their own direct experience of soldiering and from the manuals that had been written earlier. The successes of Napoleon and his generals have also inspired later military figures to study the manuals produced to achieve those successes, and this has flavoured all of the manuals written since by armies around the world. A valuable addition to any library of military history – most recommended.

No army can take to the field without some form of training, organization esprit and chain of command. Suitable uniform, equipment, arms, supply systems all have to be created and applied to the army. The quality of this support will determine the outcome more than anything else. The most gifted commander has to know how his troops will perform and they have to know how to follow his commands. In any battle, a multitude of other factors will come into play, including terrain, weather, the enemy and what many will call luck.

This book provides all of the important elements that have been missed by campaign histories and personal memoirs of eyewitnesses. Personal memoirs are limited by the experiences of the writers and they will not have observed many important elements that were beyond their specialization, perhaps of lesser interest to them at the time, or perhaps beyond their vision.

The author is to be commended for amassing this huge volume of information on every aspect of military existence and for presenting it so clearly. There are many illustrations through the body of the book to support the text. It is difficult to think of any item that has been missed.

Leave a Reply