Great Generals of the Napoleonic Wars
Their Battles 1805 - 1815
By Andrew Uffindell
Napoleonic Wars threw up some truly great and interesting characters
and many of them tend to get overlooked as people write on the more
obvious personalities like Napoleon Bonaparte or the Duke of Wellington.
author Andrew Uffindell has done something to correct the situation
a little in his very readable and interesting Great Generals
of the Napoleonic Wars and Their Battle 1805-1815.
Great Generals Uffindell does have excellent, and critical,
biographies of Napoleon and Wellington, but also moves down the
chain of command to include France's Eugene de Beauharnais and Antoine-Charles-Louis
Lasalle, Britain's Sir John Moore and Sir Rowland Hill, Austria's
Archduke Charles, Prussia's Field Marshal Blucher and General Gneisenau,
as well as Russia's Peter Bagration, Mikhail Barclay de Tolly and
biography gives a warts and all view of the soldier mentioned, along
with what Uffindell regards as their most important battle, and
a final overview of the person.
are some hard calls made - such as the Russian hero Bagration being
unimaginative and overrated, his rival and colleague Barclay de
Tolly being the true hero of the 1812 Campaign against Napoleon
despite being blamed for everything by the slippery Kutusov.
is revealed as being far more complex than his public appearance
and was quite a humble man who knew his own weaknesses.
of the chapters are about 30 pages long, although Blucher and Gneisenau,
as well as Barclay de Tolly and Bagration get to share one section
the major players of the Napoleonic Wars feature, it is the biographies
of the lesser known lights that shine in this book.
is fascinating - what a character. A brilliant cavalryman and hellraiser
who was a devoted family man and deeper than he let on to most.
He had some truely awesome adventures.
and Hill come out of their examinations well and, in Moore's case,
you'll have a different view of him upon finishing your read.
the only Austrian leader mentioned, Archduke Charles, is a must.
A sickly child and small man he devoted his life to studying war
and helped drag the reactionary Austrian military kicking and screaming
into the modern world.
Generals of the Napoleonic Wars and Their Battle 1805-1815 will
be a terrific addition to home libraries.