"Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat."
--Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
The First Empire was at its height during the Jena-Auerstadt campaign of 1806. The campaign was a classic of Napoleonic tactics, as Marshal Davout held one German army at bay while Napoleon concentrated his forces to defeat the main one.
This excellent book combines an informative narrative with paintings oft he battles and a superb collection of images of uniforms and equipment from the period - all in color.
By the same author and available from Casemate
Borodino-The Moskova: The Battle for the Redoubts
Wagram: At the Heyday of the Empire
By 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled nearly all of Europe. But he wanted more. He plotted to destroy Britain with a continental blockade, but the plan was stymied when Russia's Tsar Alexander refused to comply. Napoleon retaliated with an invasion of Russia; what followed was an epic battle that would change the course of history.Napoleon's invasion of Russia and his ensuing retreat from Moscow was both a turning point in military history, and a human tragedy on a colossal scale. In this gripping, authoritative account of history's first example of total war, Adam Zamoyski paints a vivid picture of the experiences of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict, creating an unforgettable work. Adam Zamoyski was born in New York and educated at Oxford. He is the author of Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots, and Revolutionaries 1776-1871. He lives in London. "Zamoyski elegantly delivers gripping storytelling, bold revisionism, and poignant suffering." -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Evening Standard--Jay Winik, author of April 1865
- The Washington Post
Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.Andrew Roberts's Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century. An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon's sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians.
At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V. Leggiere explores Napoleon's almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately lost him all of Germany.
Napoleon's motives have remained a subject of controversy from his own day until ours. He may have hoped to deliver a tremendous blow to Prussia's war-making capacity and morale. Ironically, the heavy losses and strategic reverses sustained by the French left Napoleon's Grande Armee vulnerable to an Allied coalition that eventually drove Napoleon from Central Europe forever.
Alexander Grab explores the impact of Napoleon's domination throughout his empire and the response of the Europeans to his rule. This important book focuses on the developments and the events in the ten states that comprised the Grand Empire: France itself, Belgium, Germany, The Illyrian Provinces, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Grab discusses Napoleon's exploitation of occupied Europe and particularly his reform policies, and assesses their success in transforming Europe.
This analysis of the world war between Napoleon and the 6th coalition in 1813 covers operations in Europe, Spain and North America. It examines the differences between alliances and coalitions, comparing the long-term international relationships in alliances and the short-term union of coalitions.
Focusing on the last six years of Napolean's life, from his arrival at Devon to his exile on St. Helena, a compelling study of Napoleon in captivity attempts to recreate the fallen emperor by exploring contemporary documents and public records of opinion. Reprint.