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Leipzig 1813: The Battle of the Nations

by Peter Hofschröer

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This book, like all others in this series, are designed to give the casual reader a quick and dirty guide to the campaign with some background information, contextual information, information on the military units and leaders involved as well as a step by step walkthrough of the major battles.

It does all that. But note that it is only 96 pages. So, for the serious reader or student of military history it is just a decent starting point.

It is beautifully illustrated, lots of pictures of the major players, the battle areas as they look today, 3-D maps of the battlefield. Unlike the Jena campaign book, the captions to the numerous pictures and photos add to the text. I found this one a little more approachable, but that could be attributed to having digested one of these already.

All in all, this gave me a good, concise overview of the campaign and a scholarly bibliography to start with. To really understand this in anything more than a superficial manner, I am going to have to read a lot more. I am not sure when I am going to have time for that with the class requiring basically a book per week. We shall see. If I do get the chance to look at the Napoleonic battles in any depth, I might feel equipped to assess the accuracy and true usefulness of this book (and the one on Jena). ( )
  Wprecht | Sep 1, 2006 |
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