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John Elting (1911–2000)

Author of Swords Around a Throne

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Works by John Elting

Swords Around a Throne (1988) 254 copies, 3 reviews
Battles for Scandinavia (1981) 188 copies
The Battles of Saratoga (1977) 10 copies
American Army Life (1982) 10 copies

Associated Works

Prelude to War (1976) — Contributor — 466 copies, 1 review
Blitzkrieg (1977) — Contributor — 385 copies
China-Burma-India (1978) — Contributor — 295 copies
The Blockade: Runners and Raiders (1983) — Editor — 294 copies
The Nazis (1979) — Contributor — 287 copies
War in the Outposts (1980) — Contributor — 221 copies, 1 review
Dare Call It Treason (2000) — Introduction, some editions — 94 copies, 1 review
Military Life Under Napoleon: The Memoirs of Captain Elzear Blaze (1911) — Editor and Translator, some editions — 37 copies

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Canonical name
Elting, John
Legal name
Elting, John Robert
Birthdate
1911-02-15
Date of death
2000-05-25
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Occupations
colonel
Organizations
United States Army

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Excellent detail and research. A splendid reference for anyone studying this period.
 
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jamespurcell | 2 other reviews | Sep 19, 2017 |
This is an exhaustive reference with quite good prose about the Grand Army of Napoleon. The Illustrations in black and white are adequate, but would have been magnificent in Colour. There is a good deal about the administrative services, the engineers, and other seldom researched areas. The book also includes information about the Former and succeeding French national armies. The prose is clear but not sparkling and overall this is a fitting companion to Oman's "Wellington's Army" for present-day Peninsulars.… (more)
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DinadansFriend | 2 other reviews | Dec 19, 2015 |
This was a recent find in a used book store and it's been my companion off and on for the last three months, since it's a big book, one for dipping into or for research and reference purposes. John Elting was one of the great amateur military historians of the 20th century. He was amateur only in the sense that he was not an academic. He served a long and distinguished career in the US Army that began in the 1930s, when artillery were still pulled by horses. There are anecdotes of him helping other historians analyze a problem from military history and calculate the time it would take for troops, horses and guns to make a river crossing, based on his own personal experience. He was an unabashed admirer of Napoleon and of his soldiers. Readers won't find any deep understanding of European geopolitics in this book but they will come away with a sound understanding of what it meant to carry a musket and pack in Napoleon's army - a soldier's history through and through. A European friend of mine, for whom English is not his first language, noted that he had to dictionary at his elbow when reading this book, since Elting was fond of peppering his book with Army slang that has long fallen out of use - young officers are "shavetails" and difficult and delinquent soldiers are "yardbirds" and "eight balls". Many chapters end with unforgettable and beautifully crafted tributes, and the last two paragraphs of the book are quite fine. I will keep this on my bookshelf for many years to come. Recommended for military and Napoleonic historians and for soldiers.… (more)
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MadPadre | 2 other reviews | Apr 30, 2015 |
An excellent book, the maps are very good, though not quite up to the quality of David chandler's "Napoleon". An excellent selection of maps however, and the text is clear and workmanlike. There's not much of controversy in this book, but the facts are here. If you can't get the Chandler "Napoleon", use this book as the spine of your collection.
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