Napoleon as a general

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Hambledon Continuum, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
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In this insightful and well informed account, Jonathon Riley, himself a Major General in the British Army, examines Napoleon as a general. He opens with a short treatise on generalship in order to define Napoleon's achievement before moving on to the man himself. He examines Napoleon as a strategist; as a coalition commander; Napoleon's campaigns and Napoleon on the battlefield. Areas often ignored in the context of pre-industrial warfare, logistics and counter-insurgency, are also examined. Riley proceeds to three specific case studies beginning with Napoleon's first essay in generalship and the conquest of Piedmont; Napoleon at the height of his powers at the conquest of Prussia, to Napoleon's final defeats and the Battle of the Nations in 1813.

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Napoleon As a General: Command from the Battlefield to Grand Strategy

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As stated in its introduction, this book is neither a biography nor a chronological history of Napol├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żon. It is an insightful treatise on the emperor's generalship, written by an officer in ... Read full review


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Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, CB, DSO, PhD, MA is Master of the Armouries, responsible for the Royal Armouries collection of arms, armour and artillery at the Tower of London. He spent 36 years in the British army, latterly as Deputy Commander of NATO ISAF in Afghanistan. Before that he held military commands in the Balkans, Sierra Leone and Iraq.

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