- Taschenbuch: 96 Seiten
- Verlag: Osprey Publishing (21. Oktober 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1782008225
- ISBN-13: 978-1782008224
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,4 x 0,7 x 25 cm
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Ramillies 1706: Marlborough's tactical masterpiece (Campaign, Band 275) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Oktober 2014
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Mike McNally is an acknowledged expert on the Williamite War in Ireland and acted as a consultant in a recent study of President Barack Obama's Irish roots. Married, with three children, he is the author of best-selling studies of the pivotal battles of the Boyne and Aughrim is is currently studying the role of the Irish Brigade in French service from the Boyne to Fontenoy. The author of several books for Osprey, with his varied areas of interest he continues to research such diverse subjects as Irish military history, the campaigns of Marlborough and the German colonial campaigns during World War I. The author lives in Eitorf, Germany.
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An excellent concise and in-depth work depicting one of the most decisive battles in history. The authors narrative simple and easy to follow.
The heart of Michael McNally 's book is taken up with an effort to reconstruct the course of events before, during, and after the battle. The narrative is supported by fine maps, photographs of the terrain and with striking illustrations by Seán ÓBrógáin.
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Authored by Michael McNally with illustrations by Sean OBrogain, "Ramillies 1706" provides a brief introduction to the War of the Spanish Succession and to the challenges of campaigning on the European Continent in the 18th Century. The format includes the standard set-up of opposing commanders, forces, and plans. The narrative of the battle itself is a little challenging to follow but very worthwhile, not least for how it highlights Marlborough's ability to adjust his battle plan as the fighting progressed. The text is nicely supported by a good selection of maps, diagrams of the battleground, photographs, and illustrations. Recommended as an introduction to one of the Duke of Marlborough's great victories.
The writing is clear and the events are described in good chronological order. The style makes the reading pleasant - even if in some moments it is easy to get lost in the number of names of unit commanders. The battle itself is well linked to the events which happened in earlier stages of the war and to those which followed - those latter being very serious and making 1706 indeed an 'annus mirabilis" for the allies and a particularly bad moment for France.
Maps are clear and illustrations are good. There are three quite good colour plates by Sean O'Brogain: first fight on allies left wing, the fight for the village of Ramillies and the final fight near Autre-Eglise. There are also four smaller two-colours plates, showing some dramatic episodes - including one which teaches us that even the greatest warlords must sometimes abandon dignity and just run like heck...)))
The one little thing that annoyed me just a little bit was the extravagant praise of Marlborough every two pages or so. There is no doubt that he commanded splendidly during all 1706 campaign, that his plan of battle at Ramillies was a brilliant thing and that he won as result a splendid victory. But still that doesn't justify such an exaggerated, almost religious adoration, as author shows - especially considering that part of French army was made of second rate garrison troops...
This is however a very minor point, which doesn't change one little bit my five stars rating. For a short and therefore necessarily superficial study of this battle, this book is simply as good as it can get. I am very pleased with this purchase and recommend it with enthusiasm. ENJOY!