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Another Excellent Military Campaign Study 26. Juli 2003
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This book, following on from his engaging account of Napoleon's victory over Prussia in 1806, is Loraine Petre's second book in his series of five accounts covering Napoleon and his campaigns. This time the author offers the reader an in-depth military study of Napoleon's campaign in Poland. In this account we find Napoleon manoeuvring into Poland to meet the advancing Russian armies moving to assist the meagre Prussian forces left over after being defeated in detail by Napoleon and his Marshals.

The author follows every move of this fascinating campaign and offers detailed insights into the battles fought during the terrible winter weather in Poland. We read about the bloody battle at Eylau and latter of Napoleon's crushing victory over the Russians at Friedland. Using numerous sources and first-hand accounts the reader gets a detailed military narrative and analysis of each skirmish and battle fought in this campaign.

Again a word of caution, this book was first published in the early 1900's and the style of writing does take some getting used. However, once you have mastered the style the narrative moves along quite easily except for the occasional break to check the maps as you follow the converging armies in the hinterland of Poland. The maps (10) are not the best but detailed enough to locate the points mentioned and to follow the various movements in the battles. The author also provides a number of black and white plates of the personalities and locations mentioned in the narrative.

Overall this is a very decent military study covering Napoleon's campaign in Poland where within six months he had beaten the Russian armies and forced the Russian Czar to sign a treaty at Tilsit. "Napoleon's Campaign in Poland is a brilliant overview of Napoleon's vaunted army confronting some of its most worthy opponents." - From the back cover of the book.CRISIS IN THE SNOWS - Russia Confronts Napoleon : The Eylau Campaign 1806-1807
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Comprehensive study of Napoleon's campaign in Poland 16. Oktober 2003
Von Richard J. Brzostek - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Napoleon's Campaign in Poland, 1806-1807" by F. Loraine Petre was first published in 1901. This edition is the complete and unabridged reprint of the 1907 edition. Furthermore, it includes a new introduction by Dr. David G. Chandler.
As this book is very detailed, I would have been better off reading a more basic book detailing an overview of Napoleon's campaigns first before reading this one. The book did not provide much background in what lead to the campaign events in Poland or what followed them.
This volume is a comprehensive study of Napoleon's campaign in Poland, which describes key battles such as Eylau, Heilsberg, and Friedland. The book also includes several maps and over a dozen plates.
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From Eylau To Friedland 2. April 2013
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Petre belongs to that older school of classic Napoleonic writing. As an English historian he preferred to cover the major campaigns of central Europe and left to others the British Campaigns in the Peninsular. His five volumes cover major aspects of Napoleon's Campaigns, although he restricts himself from Russia and Spain preferring to leave that to others. For the modern reader his prose might seem a little dated at times, but he is a spirited writer none the less. Since he covered many of these battlefields in person, Petre likes to give detailed analysis of the ground and terrain that was fought over. Sometimes this can get a little long winded, and his maps depending on the edition you read are not the most clear to follow. This trade paperback edition was hard to read w/o a magnifying glass. This is unfortunate as Petre likes to have the reader follow along as the Corps and Divisions march. This detail does not always make clear what is going on however, as Petre typical of that time of historical writing assumes the reader already has some prior knowledge or is just able to follow along anyway.

Where the author excels is in his battle scenes. I doubt one will find a better Eylau than here. He draws upon several contemporary authorities from both sides including the Prussians who did extensive studies later in the 19th century of these campaigns as part of their developing general staff system. You will also get plenty of details on lesser known actions of the Campaign besides the two major battles of Eylau and Friedland which are well known. Petre tries to get into the head of those making the decisions and with his often detailed notes contained within the body of the text will try to explain why certain courses of action were embarked upon, especially when these were controversial. He provides some good tactical details here and there pointing out that both sides deployed their battalions in the first line and supported them with a close column in the second line between the intervals. This shows us that both the French and Russians in this period were fighting in much more linear formations than they would in 1812 and later. Admittedley as the armies got larger the quality of the soldiery declined. For the French this would certainly be so as this was the last of their Austerlitz veterans who knew their drills. The conscripts who followed increasingly were formed into those large columns made famous in later battles and in the Peninsular.

As an English historian one can tell that his bias is not in favor of Napoleon's actions all the time. In this respect he would agree with how some recent historians have taken a more critical and less heroic approach toward L'Emporeur. Several times he attributes the mass suffering of all those around him to his own vanity, and despite how horrific things became during this campaign, the great man never let it phase him. All was simply a mathmatical process that could be modified and changed as needed. Petre gives him his due in that regard, ackowledging his genius in managing huge amounts of detail all at once. But it was a cold and pitiless genius that took no account of how those suffered from his decisions. Those who are fans of the great Corsican, especially in the USA should take note of this at times.

The 1806-07 Campaigns were the toughest the French had fought so far. In the Russians they found a tenacious enemy in terrible winter conditions. Napoleon would remember his Polish Campaigns when planning for the epic 1812 venture. At Eylau he received his first check, but he quickly rallied from it over the Winter coming back to win hamdsomely at Friedland in the new year. This extreme of fortunes probably made him think that the Russians, while tough, were apt to make mistakes. This might have been what drove him to go on in 1812.

For the true Napoleonic fan Petre's books remain classics to read today. In trade paperback form they are much more affordable than in years past. Despite the map problems this and the other books in his series on the Napoleonic Wars in Europe are must reads. Enjoy and Vive L'Emporeur!
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Mapless 18. Januar 2013
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This book will occupy a welcome niche among my collection of hardbound Napoleonic Campaign literature. The historical verbage is concise and the designation of troop movements are accurate and apparently well researched and documented. My principal criticism is relative to the sorry state of the maps located toward the back of the book. Not only are the maps few, they are practically illegible. The original map keys are not provided and handwritten explanations are meant to suffice in leiu of the original map keys. I personally believe this to be a disservice to the student of military history and an annoying shame. If you have no objection to a significant dearth of geographic reference material, you are likely to enjoy this read.
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