The Napoleon Series: What's New?


On behalf of the Napoleon Series Team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

31 December 2010

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

William Harcourt
Charles Stanhope Harrington
George Harris

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Wilhelm Ludwig Viktor, Graf Henkel von Donnersmark
Johann Friedrich von Hermann
Ludwig Wilheim Friedrich Landgraf von Hessen-Homburg

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of General H. Bonnal's The Maneuver of Vilna:

Chapter Five: The Failure of the Plan

In Steve Brown's British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 43rd Regiment of Foot, we have:

74th Foot
75th Foot

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

89th Foot
91st Foot

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Royal Hungarian Army: the Infantry

More from Roberto Scattolin on how one Italian officer's nationalism was in conflict with the French Empire in 1809 in The Memorie Zucchi: an Extrapolation of the 1809 Italian Campaign:

Part VI: Modern history and memorial: analytical evaluations on the Memorie Zucchi

In a rare find, we have a copy of Louis Yvert's Historique du 13e Regiment du Cuirassiers (1807-1814) first published in 1892.

15 December 2010

I lead with a whimsical note. Recently I was contacted by a woman who is the granddaughter of Captain Lionel Challis, the compiler of the Peninsula Roll Call. She stumbled across it and was not aware that he devoted much of his life to his research. She was able to provide some biographical information on him, including a photograph! It can be seen at: Captain Lionel Challis

Bas de Groot, adds two more years of material to his translation of The Memoirs of Adriaan Frans Meijer, Lieutenant-General in the Army of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1786-1841, over the years 1808 - 1812

Justin Howard has compiled a List of Books Available for Download from Digital Libraries

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of General H. Bonnal's The Maneuver of Vilna:

Chapter Four: The Invasion

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Christian Alexander, Freiherr von Hagken
Albrecht Georg Ernst Karl von Hake
Franz Ludwig Fürst von Hatzfeld

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Artillery

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

84th Foot
85th Foot

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Charles Green
Charles Grey
Thomas Grosvenor

In Steve Brown's British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 43rd Regiment of Foot, we have:

71st Foot
72nd Foot

More from Roberto Scattolin on how one Italian officer's nationalism was in conflict with the French Empire in 1809 in The Memorie Zucchi: an Extrapolation of the 1809 Italian Campaign:

Part V: Dies Memorabilis: Tarvis, 17 May 1809

30 November 2010

Issue #2 of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, edited by Dr. Stephen Summerfield

15 November 2010

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Cavalry: Part II

In Steve Brown's British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 43rd Regiment of Foot, we have:

28th Foot
42nd Foot

68th Foot

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of General H. Bonnal's The Maneuver of Vilna:

Chapter Three: Discussion of the Plan

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

82nd Foot
83rd Foot

Ron McGugian has done a major re-write of: Anglo-Allied Army in Flanders and France - 1815

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Götzen
Karl Friedrich Heinrich, Graf von der Goltz
Julius August Reinhold von Grawert

Randy Jensen updates his article Napoleon's Talisman in: The Talisman of Napoleon Bonaparte

A pair of reviews from Dr. Stephen Summerfield:

Dragon Rampant: The Royal Welch Fusiliers at War, 1793-1815
Waterloo Hanoverian Correspondence, Vol. 1: Letters and Reports from Manuscript Sources (Waterloo 1815)

31 October 2010

We start with a few miscellaneous items:

Nicolas Denis Remy looks at a key campaign in the Russo-Swedish War of 1808 - 1809: La campagne de Sävar et Ratan (août 1809) (in French)

Gareth Glover provides more corrections to Lionel S. Challis's "Peninsula Roll Call"

A review of The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources

The 14th Issue of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Editorials

Editorial by John R. Grodzinski

Articles

"For want of this precaution so many Men lose their Arms:" Official, Semi-Official and Unofficial American Artillery Texts, 1775-1815 Part 7 by Donald Graves

‘A Word Of 'Captain Caution': Myths About Privateers In The War Of 1812 by John A. Tures, LeGrange College, Georgia.

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

Brigadier-General Leonard Covington, U.S. Army (1768-1813) by John R. Grodzinski

British Soldier's Bones. Skeleton Unearthed by Road Makers by Jack Billow

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

Two American Regimental Histories of the War of 1812 reveiwed by Don Graves

Miscellaneous

Recent Scholarship on the War of 1812

 

15 October 2010

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Napoleon Series Writing Contest!

Best Publication and/or Translation into English of New Archival Material or Books Long Out of Print

The Memoirs of Adriaan Frans Meijer, Lieutenant-General in the Army of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1786-1841, over the years 1808 and 1809 translated by Bas de Groot

Best Publication and/or Translation into English of New Archival Material or Books Long Out of Print Honorable Mention:

Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon translated by Greg Gorsuch

Best Military Paper:

Pierre Daru, the System of Military Administration, and le Code Militaire, 1805 by Eman Vovsi

Best Military Paper Honorable Mention:

Campaign of 1799 in Italy by Enrico Acerbi

Best Social, Economic, Political, Cultural, or Scientific Paper:

The War of 1812 and the Tourist Encounter in Upper Canada: Eight Watercolour Views by Philip John Bainbrigge, RE. by Camille T.H. Parkinson

Best Social, Economic, Political, Cultural, or Scientific Paper Honorable Menion:

An Economic Discrepancy in the 1809 Austrian Campaign: the Scratched Price of Titled Glory by Roberto A. Scattolin

I would like to thank our four judges, who so generously volunteered their time!

Dr. John G. Gallaher
Colonel Jack Gill
J. David Markham
Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze

Congratulations to all of our winners!

In cooperation with our our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online, Justin Howard has begun to translate their online magazine "Despeche". The 3rd Issue includes:

From the archive … Electorate of Saxony, Kettle-Drummer of the Kochtitzki Cuirassier Regiment 1806 by M. Gärtner      

Curiosities – French Telegraphs by E. Wagner

A Russian Corps at Borodino 1812 by J. E. Koontz

14th French Hussars 1814 by E. Wagner 

Prussian Horse Artillery in the Campaign of 1815 by  U. Ehmke and E. Wagner

The Reserve Companies of the French  départements by C. Achard         

Publications

 

30 September 2010

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

David Dundas
Francis Dundas
William Erskine
Edward Finch
John Floyd
James Forbes
Henry Fox
John Fraser
Samuel Gibbs
HRH Prince William Frederick 2nd Duke of Gloucester 

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Cavalry: Part I

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of General H. Bonnal's The Maneuver of Vilna:

Chapter Two: The Plan

15 September 2010

We have a new translation by Greg Gorsuch of General H. Bonnal's The Maneuver of Vilna:

Chapter One: The Preparation

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Inner Austria Recruitment Districts

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

71st Foot
79th Foot
81st Foot

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Esebeck, Karl Christian Burghard von
Gaudi, Friedrich Wilhelm Leopold, Freiherr von
Gneisenau, August Wilhelm Anton Neidhardt von

In Steve Brown's British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 43rd Regiment of Foot, we have:

26th Foot
27th Foot

31 August 2010

We have a new translation by Greg Gorsuch of Maurice Weil's Campaign of 1814:

Introduction
Chapter One: the General Situation

In a massive new study, Steve Brown compiles a list of British losses in:

King George’s Martinien: Losses and Senior Officer Casualties in the British Army 1793 to 1815

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Austria Recruitment Districts

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

66th Foot
67th Foot
68th Foot

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Dobschütz, Leopold Wilhelm von
Elsner, Karl Christian von
Ende, Friedrich Albrecht Gotthilf Freiherr von

We close with a review of:

Wellington’s Peninsular War Generals & Their Battles, a Biographical and Historical Dictionary

15 August 2010

Steve Brown looks at the movement of British troops to and from in the Peninsula in:

Bound For Mondego Bay: British Infantry Regiment Movements To and From the Peninsula, 1808 to 1814

Paul Dawson examines the men of the most famous French regiment:

Grognards: Grenadier a Pied de la Garde 1799 - 1815

More from Roberto Scattolin on how one Italian officer's nationalism was in conflict with the French Empire in 1809 in The Memorie Zucchi: an Extrapolation of the 1809 Italian Campaign:

Part IV: Contribution of honour: The Tramigna Valley and Castelcerino

The eighth and final installment of Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Part VIII: Napoleon sets in motion Mortier, Lannes, and the Cavalry Reserve

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Galacian Recruitment District

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

60th Foot
61st Foot
62nd Foot

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Corswant, Karl Friedrich von
Cosel, Dietrich Christoph Gotthold von
Czettritz und Neuhaus, Karl Heinrich Maximilian, Baron von

Gareth Glover makes a correction to the Challis Index for Major Robert Ross, 4th Dragoon Guards:

Lionel S. Challis's "Peninsula Roll Call": Corrections

On a final note. By mutual agreement the joint publishing venture between Ken Trotman Ltd. and the Napoleon Series will come to an end with the publication shortly of the fourth and final title in the series. From the point of view of Trotman the titles were not selling well enough and from the point of view of the Napoleon Series, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find titles that were not already available in digital form.

During its existence, this joint venture produced four books edited for publication by acknowledged experts who provided lengthy introductions that set each title in its place and time. The first three are in print and available from Trotman while the fourth will shortly see publication. The titles that were published and about to be published can be seen at: The Napoleon Series - Ken Trotman Publishing Venture

31 July 2010

I am happy to announce a new addition to the Napoleon Series: Smoothbore Ordnance Journal. The goal of the "Journal" is to provide a variety of translations, biographies, commentaries, documents and other material related to technical aspects of artillery and weapon systems of the period that has often been overlooked. It is edited by Dr. Stephen Summerfield. The Chairman of the Editorial Board is Digby Smith.

Issue 1 is filled with a wide range of articles and material!

Section 1: Translations - Horse Artillery

“The Austrian Cavalry Gun in Comparison to the Horse Artillery of Other States by Smola in 1827”
Translated by Digby Smith

“About Horse Artillery with comments from Johann Gottfried Hoyer, c1798”
Translated by Geert van Uthoven

“Rouvroy’s view on the use of Horse Artillery in 1802”
Translated by Geert van Uthoven

Section 2: Horses and Mobility

‘“HORSES” in Adye (1801-27) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (04)

“Mobility of Field Artillery; Past and Present,”
Hime, H.W.L. (1870) Professional Papers of the Royal Engineers, Volume 6, pp433-444

“Mechanics of Horse Haulage,”
Biggs, T.H. (1897) Professional Papers of the Royal Engineers, Volume 23, Paper VII, pp253-283

“On the Choices of Horses for the Artillery”
Müller, William (1811) Elements of the Science of War, Volume I, Longman, London, 134-137

“Lecture IV: Artillery Carriages”
Owen C.H. and Tames T.L. (1861) Elementary Lectures on Artillery, 3rd Edition, John M. Boddy, Woolwich, pp39-47

Section 3: Naval Ordnance

Constitution's Full Load of Ammunition, 1812,”
Tyrone G. Martin (Sept 2006)
War of 1812 Magazine, Issue 1

Constitution’s Wartime Gun Batteries,”
Tyrone G. Martin (June 2006)
War of 1812 Magazine, Issue 3

‘“Old Ironsides” On The Lakes,’
Tyrone G. Martin (Sept 2007)
War of 1812 Magazine, Issue 7

Section 4: Biographies and Memoirs

“Biography of Jean Baptist Viscomte de Gribeauval (1715-1789) in Wurzbach 1859”
Translated by Digby Smith, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (10)

“The Important Family of Saxon Artillery Officers, the Rouvroys”
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (07)

“The Hoyer Family of Saxon Artillery and Engineer Officers”
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (08)

The Rouvroys in Austrian Artillery Service”
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (09)

“Extracts from the Memoir of Baron Alexander de Senarmont, Lieutenant of the French Army,”
Simpson, W.H.R. (1858),
Minutes of Proceedings of the Royal Artillery Institution, Volume I, 335-344

Section 5: Ordnance Texts in Context

“Notes on Adye (1801-27) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner,
Stephen Summerfield, (Aug 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, 1 (11)

“Louis de Tousard and his ‘Artillerists Companion’: An Investigation of Source Materials for Napoleonic Ordnance,”
Don Graves (May 1983) Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting, 23 (2), 51-60

Section 6: Dispatches

This is a readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on ordnance subjects. The editors of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal invite queries but please note that we cannot answer questions relating to genealogy. Those interested in such matters are directed to the many websites that specialise in this type of research. Please send your inquiries to the Editor.

Note that each letter or inquiry is numbered, so they can be referred in future by that number, such as 3001.

Question 3001:

What is the service life of bronze ordnance?

Answer 3001: [from Donald E. Graves]

Question 3002: [From Jonah Oliver]

Bridges and their demolition were key to most of the Napoleonic campaigns.

  • How the destruction of bridges was carried out?
  • Has anyone got any sources on this?
  • How were the explosives rigged up?
  • How did the engineers calculate the amount of powder needed?
Answer 3002: [From Stephen Summerfield]

Section 7: Reviews

“Adye RW and WG Eliot (1813 rp2010) Bombardier and Pocket Gunner
Reviewed by Donald E. Graves

“Jean-Nicolas-Auguste Noël, With Napoleon's Guns: The Military Memoirs of an Officer of the First Empire
[Translated and edited by Rosemary Brindle]
Reviewed by David McCracken

Section 8: Artefacts and Imagery

“The Art of Alexander Cavalie Mercer”
Gareth Glover (Jan 2010) Napoleon Series

15 July 2010

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Silesian Recruitment District

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Part VII: Napoleon's intention to move his headquarters to Finkenstein

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

57th Foot
58th Foot
59th Foot

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Corswant, Karl Friedrich von
Cosel, Dietrich Christoph Gotthold von
Czettritz und Neuhaus, Karl Heinrich Maximilian, Baron von

Luis Sorando looks at French units and uniforms at the seiges of Zaragoza in:

Unidades y Uniformes del Ejército Francés en los Sitios de Zaragoza

We close with a pair of reviews:

Wellington’s Highland Warriors: From the Black Watch Mutiny to the Battle of Waterloo
The Bombardier and Pocket Gunner, 1813 

30 June 2010

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Part VII: The End of the Russian Offensive

Digby Smith, translates Karl Smola's 1827 study:

The Austrian Cavalry Gun in Comparison to the Horse Artillery of Other States

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Landwehr

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

48th Foot
50th Foot
51st Foot

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Corbin-Wierbitzky, Gottlob Georg Karl Ludwig von
Corbin-Wierbitzky, Heinrich Friedrich Ernst von

Virgilio Ilari and Piero Crociani update their study on the Italian navy:

Marine Italiane Del 1792-1815

We close with a review of Jack Gill's

1809, Thunder on the Danube (Vol. III): Wagram and Zaniam

15 June 2010

The 13th Issue of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Editorials

Editorial by John R. Grodzinski

Articles

"For want of this precaution so many Men lose their Arms:" Official, Semi-Official and Unofficial American Artillery Texts, 1775-1815 Part 5 by Donald Graves

"For want of this precaution so many Men lose their Arms:" Official, Semi-Official and Unofficial American Artillery Texts, 1775-1815 Part 6 by Donald Graves

The 41st Regiment of Foot:  A Brief History of its Early Service Including the War of 1812 and an Overview of the Re-Created Military Living History Group by: Tom Fournier

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

A Letter from Thomas Jefferson in the Early Weeks of the War of 1812

A Miniature Depicting Commodore Sir James Lucas Yeo, KCB by John R. Grodzinski

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon

Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812

Hatred is the Key

Miscellaneous

Recent Scholarship on the War of 1812

31 May

In cooperation with our our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online, Justin Howard has begun to translate their online magazine "Despeche". The 2nd Issue includes:

The Service Life of Clothing and Equipment during the Napoleonic Era by P. Wacker

Questions and Answers: Bavarians at Arcis-sur-Aube

The Czapka by J.-C. Colrat    

Curiosities – Funeral Regulations

From the archives … 14th French Hussar  Regiment, 1813 by M. Stein  and E. Wagner

King Joseph Bonaparte’s Spanish Infantry 1808 – 1814 by J. Brouillet     

The 3rd French Line Regiment and its White Uniform  by H.-K. Weiβ and G. Bauer

15 May

Steve Brown looks at the British Artillery Companies and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 To 1815

Royal Horse Artillery Companies

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland Part VI

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Ferdinand, Herzog von Brunswick-Lüneburg
Friedrich Wilhelm, Herzog von Braunschweig-Oels
Ludwig Mathias Nathanael Gottlieb von Brauschitsch
Friedrich Wilhelm, Graf von Bülow

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

44th Foot
45th Foot
47th Foot

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

Regular Infantry Ordered by Recruitment District

30 April

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Grenadier Battalions

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

43rd Foot
52nd Foot

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Leopold Hermann Ludwig von Boyen
August Wilhelm von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Herzog von
Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand, Erbprinz von Braunschweig-Lüneburg

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland Part V

In Steve Brown's British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 43rd Regiment of Foot, we have:

43rd Foot

More from Roberto Scattolin on how one Italian officer's nationalism was in conflict with the French Empire in 1809 in The Memorie Zucchi: an Extrapolation of the 1809 Italian Campaign:

Part III: Vicenza 1809 – Logistic functions and war functionalities: Colonel Zucchi’s daring and the causative synergies at the Franco-Italian General-Staff

We close with a review of Mike Robinson's The Battle of Quatre Bras 1815

15 April

Franz-Stefan Gady examines the the diplomatic influence of Austria in 1813 in:

From “Alliance Balance” to “Coalition Equilibrium”: Austria’s Transformation of the last Coalition against Napoleon

Steve Brown answers the question: What if the units of the British Army on that day in June 1815 had been represented by their descendant regiments instead?

Fantasy Orbats 1: The Modern British Army at Waterloo

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland Part IV

In Digby Smith's Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Karl Leopold Ludwig von Borstell
Karl August Joseph Freiherr von Bose

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

40th Foot
42nd Foot

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Feldjäger Battalions

More from Roberto Scattolin on how one Italian officer's nationalism was in conflict with the French Empire in 1809 in The Memorie Zucchi: an Extrapolation of the 1809 Italian Campaign:

Part II: Eastern Venetiae: a scrittura memoriale on the battle of Fontanafredda

We close with reviews of:

The Battle of the Berezina: Napoleon's Great Escape
Waterloo, Netherlands Correspondence: Volume 1 – Letters and Reports from Manuscript Sources

31 March

It is a little earlier than usual, however it is twice as large!

Digby Smith has started a new study: Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Leopold I, Fürst von Anhalt-Dessau
Friedrich Ferdinand, Herzog von Anhalt-Köthen-Pless
Joseph Theodor Sigismund von Baczko
Franz Ferdinand Joachim Blücher, Graf von Wahlstatt
Gebhart Lebrecht Blücher, Fürst von Wahlstatt
Karl Anton Andreas von Boguslawski
Karl August Ferdinand von Borcke

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Charles, 1st Marquess of Cornwallis
James Henry Craig
George Don
John Doyle
Gordon Drummond

In cooperation with our our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online, Justin Howard has begun to translate their online magazine "Despeche". The first issue includes:

13th Hussar Regiment  (Jérôme Napoléon) by Markus Stein and Edmund Wagner 

Musicians of the “Red Lancers”  Markus Stein and Michel Baptiste    

Prussian Horse Artillery in the Campaign of 1815 Part I by Uwe Ehmke and Edmund Wagner 

The 3rd Line Regiment and Its White Uniform by Hans-Karl Weiβ        

The Trophies of Austerlitz  by Markus Stein and Jacques Leparquois 

The 7th Neapolitan Infantry Regiment 1811 – 1814 by Markus Gärtner  

15 March

In Steve Brown's British Cavalry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815:

14th Light Dragoons

Roberto Scattolin tells the story of how one Italian officer's nationalism was in conflict with the French Empire in 1809 in:

The Memorie Zucchi: an Extrapolation of the 1809 Italian Campaign

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

37th Foot
38th Foot

39th Foot

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland Part III

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

The Lost Districts

Two hundred years ago, Napoleon married the Austrian princess Marie-Louise by proxy:

11 mars 1810: Napoléon épouse Marie-Louise par procuration (in French)

Gareth Glover makes several changes in Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call

Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Corrections
Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Additions

We closed with a review of Gareth Glover's The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources

28 February

In Enrico Acerbi's The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

(In)felix Austria Essay on the Austrian Army 1805-1809

More generals from Ron McGuigan in his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

Alured Clarke
Eyre Coote

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

27th Foot
28th Foot
29th Foot

Steve Brown provides a List of British Officers to Whom His Majesty Has Granted Honorary Crosses, Medals, Etc.  

In Greg Gorsuch's translatiion Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland:

Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland Part II

Gabriel Vital-Durand looks at the British expedition to Walcheren in Eté 1809 – Le désastre de l’île de Walcheren (Zélande) (in French)

Gareth Glover makes several changes in Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call

Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Corrections
Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Additions

We close with a review of A Waterloo Hero: the Reminiscences of Friedrich Lindau

15 February

Greg Gorsuch has started translating a 19th Century study on the French Cavalry in the 1807 Campaign in Poland:

Lessons on 1807: Maneuvers of Eylau and Friedland

Randy Jensen examines Napoleon's good luck charm in:

Napoleon's Talisman

A new study by Enrico Acerbi: The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army (Kaiserliche-Königliche Heer) 1805 – 1809

A Dictionary of K.K. Austrian Regimental Positions and Ranks

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

23rd Foot
24th Foot
26th Foot

Virgilio Ilari and Piero Crociani update their study on The Italian Military in the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815:

Conscription in the Italian Annexed Departments (in Italian)

Tim Reese updates his article on the French infantry with new artwork in:

Uniforms of the French Line Infantry: 1804 - 1812

Gareth Glover makes several changes in Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call

Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Corrections
Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Additions

31 January

After 35 chapters and 212 images, Greg Gorsuch finishes translation of Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon!

Epilogue
Napoleon's Last Will and Testament

In Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

11th Foot
14th Foot
20th Foot

In Steve Brown's British Cavalry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815:

Royal Regiment of Horse Guards

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

John Pitt 2nd Earl of Chatham

Tim Reese updates his article on the French hussars with new artwork in:

Uniforms of the French Hussars: 1804 - 1813

Gareth Glover corrects several items in Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call: Corrections

Virgilio Ilari and Piero Crociani update their study on the Italian navy:

Marine Italiane Del 1792-1815

15 January

As we start our third decade of being online, this update truly shows how international the Napoleon Series is in scope. We have contibutors from seven countries: Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States!

In another first for the Napoleon Series, Gareth Glover provides five campaign sketches drawn by the famous British artillery officer, Alexander Mercer. These illustrations have never been published before!

The Art of Alexander Cavalie Mercer

From Bas de Groot, of the Netherlands, we have The 124eme Regiment Infanterie de Ligne in Russia in 1812: Maps

From Steve Brown: The Training Ground: Regimental Services of British Army Generals 1793-1815

Ignacio Paz looks at one of the causes of the French failure in Spain:

1808, the Point of Implosion for the Napoleonic Empire: How the Peninsular War shows that the Empire’s Policy of Enlargement Lacked a Political and Cultural Relativism

In Ron McGuigan's British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

William Schaw Cathcart
Richard Ford Cavan

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Marco de Saint-Hilaire's Popular History of Napoleon, Napoleon is sent to Saint Helena.

Chapter 4 of Book 6

More regiments in Ray Foster's Notes on Wellington’s Peninsular Regiments:

7th Foot
9th Foot

Rui Moura, from Portugal, updates the Spreadsheet to Captain Lionel S. Challis's Peninsula Roll Call

The year 2009 was also an incredible year for the Napoleon Series. It continues to grow at an incredible rate. We now have over 90,000 articles, reviews, images, maps, and other items. All are free to the public and the number of daily visitors is immense. We average over 75,000 files downloaded per day, while our monthly downloads average about 2 million! On any given day, we have over 1.1 gb of data downloaded! The forum continues to be the place for exchanging of ideas, with over 15,000 messages posted last year.

The Napoleon Series is truly a team effort. I first would like to thank all of those who contributed articles and material to our twice monthly update. These articles are the heart of the Series and are what make it the great place that it is! There were 32 different contributors, from a variety of countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.! If I forgot someone, please accept my apologies in advance!

I would be amiss if I did not publicly thank all of the editors who are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Series. In alphabetical order are:

Tony Broughton, the Research Editor. He has always been there to answer even the most obscure question! Few are aware, that many of the images that we use to illustrate the articles come from his private collection!

Donald Graves, Editor. He often served as a sounding board for me, providing me with much welcomed advice.

John R. Grodzinski, Editor of the War of 1812 Magazine. He has done an incredible job getting the magazine up and running.

Tom Holmberg, the Reviews Editor. Every review published on the Series is edited by Tom first! .

David Markham, Editor and Liaison with the International Napoleonic Society. David provides us with much valuable support and coordination with our sponsor.

Our Forum Moderators and Editors: Howie Muir and David McCracken. The two of them have done a superb job keeping the Series reputation for having the most scholarly and civil of all Forums on the internet!

Alexander Mikaberidze, Editor. Alex is our resident expert on the Russian Army of our era and continues to bring to light material that had not been previously published in English.

I would like to close with by thanking those who contributed much time and effort judging our writing contest:

Dr. John G. Gallaher, Colonel Jack Gill, J. David Markham, and Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze who were the judges in our annual writing contest!

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