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La Grande Armée, 1804-1815 by Georges Blond

La Grande Armée, 1804-1815

by Georges Blond

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An fine one-volume history of the Napoleonic campaigns. A worthy supplement to Chandler's The Campaigns of Napoleon. Filled with excellent tactical details, and describes the hellscape of war, with disease, pillaging, hordes of prostitutes following the army, the long slow death of the Russian campaign, etc.

Gives miniature biographies of numerous figures, from generals to medical men to royals. Describes aspects which are only too often neglected - e.g., The Spanish campaign. Another interesting note - the author particular attention to the war medicine of the era.

A fine one-volume history - Chandler edges it out barely, but still a worthy read. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Beginning in 1804 at Boulogne, this lively and intimate account of the army's trials, triumphs, and disasters follows nearly 20 years of fighting, right through its strategic operations in Poland, Spain, Russia, and the campaign in France, and features a special section detailing the compelling return of Napoleon's body to Paris in 1840.

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