Book Review:
Austrian Commanders of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815

By David Hollins
Artwork by
Christopher Rothero


The leaders of Austria's armies during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars have been much maligned over the years, and it is fair to say most have been portrayed as being doddery, unimaginative generals.

But in David Hollins' work Austrian Commanders of the Napoleonic Wars, the author's examination of their careers and abilities may change some minds.

They were brave and experienced soldiers drawn from every part of the sprawling Austrian empire.

Hollins looks at 29 of Austria's top soldiers and divides them among the Western (German) and Eastern soldiers. Each has a detailed biography of his military career and almost all have images of them.

They include Bellegarde, Schwarzenberg, Hiller, Klenau, Alvintzy, Melas, Wurmser and the unfortunate General Mack.

If you are interested in the Austrian army during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars then this title is worth having in your collection.

- Richard Moore


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