Napoleon's Campaigns in Italy
Artwork by Richard Hook
Bonaparte's rise to fame was largely due to his stunning campaign
against the Austrians and their allies in Italy in 1796.
took a demoralised revolutionary army, filled it with fire and
led it into military legend.
Napoleon's Campaigns in Italy, gives an in-depth coverage
of the 1796 campaign in an easy-to-follow way.
expert Phillip Haythornthwaite follows the ragtag army for march
after march, explaining the situations it found itself in and
the battles that showed Bonaparte to be a man of destiny.
are five maps of the main campaigning regions, more than 30 black-and-white
portraits and battle images, and an order of battle for Marengo.
Hook's eight pages of plates are just terrific. He brings a life-like
quality to the troops and their faces are almost photos. It should
be said, however, that his portrait of Bonaparte looks like no
other image I have seen of the French leader.
uniforms themselves are highly detailed, as are the information
pages that accompany them, and there is no doubt that every torn
pair of pants, muddy boot and waxed moustache will give you the
best idea of how the opposing armies looked up-close.
you need to find out about this period in Bonaparte's career then
Napoleon's Campaigns in Italy is the most accessible and
visually interesting way to do it.