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2016 Napoleon Series Writing Contest

15 August - the 248th birthday of Napoleon

Christopher Coffey looks at Three Spanish Royal Decrees Pertaining to the Creation of a Spanish Government during the French Occupation

In Daniel Clarke's Officers of the Anhalt Duchies who Fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1789-1815:

Anhalt-Köthen, August Christian Friedrich, Prince, and then Duke of
Anhalt-Köthen, Karl Georg Lebrecht, Prince of

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

The 28th Light Dragoons

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Bibliography

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

We update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Medical Department
The Foot Guards
The Infantry Regiments

We close with a pair of reviews:

Wellington's Brigade Commanders
Brave as a Lion: The Life and Times of Field-Marshal Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough
The Waterloo Journal

31 July

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

The 9th Light Dragoons

Jonathan North tells the story of an epic defense by a small detachment of Polish troops against an overwhelming British force in:

The Polish Victory at Fuengirola 14 October 1810

In Daniel Clarke's Officers of the Anhalt Duchies who Fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1789-1815:

Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, Viktor Amadeus von
Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym, Wilhelm Ludwig, Prince of
Anhalt-Dessau, Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of
Anhalt-Dessau, Johann Georg, Prince of

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 20: Part VI

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

We update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Infantry Regiments

We close with a pair of reviews:

Wellington's Headquarters: The Command & Administration of the British Army During the Peninsular War
Grouchy’s Waterloo: the Battles of Ligny and Wavre

15 July

The latest issue of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Issue 27

30 June 2017

Mark Tadeusz Łałowski and Jonathan North provide us with a rare set of memoirs in

A Polish Officer in Spain, 1808 to 1812: the Memoirs of Captain Józef Rudnicki

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 20: Part V

In Daniel Clarke's Officers of the Anhalt Duchies who Fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1789-1815:

Karl Philipp von Anhalt
Count Leopold Ludwig Anhalt
Friedrich Ludwig Adolf, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym
Karl Ludwig Adolf, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

We update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Foot Guards

We close with a review of The French & Prussian Armies at War 1805-1806

15 June 2017

A new biographical dictionary! This one by Daniel Clarke looks at Officers of the Anhalt Duchies who Fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1789-1815. The first of many entries are:

Albrecht, Count of Anhalt
Friedrich von Anhalt
Friedrich Wilhelm Karl Franz von Anhalt
Heinrich Wilhelm von Anhalt

Ron McGuigan and Robert Burnham looks at how the British Army paid its officers on the staff in:

British Staff Pay during the Napoleonic Wars

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 20: Part IV

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

We update several sections in British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Foot Guards
The Infantry Regiments
The Militia

We close with a review of The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon: the King’s Dragoon Guards at Waterloo

31 May 2017

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 20: Part III

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

In Steve Brown's British Cavalry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815 he does a major revision of

The 14th Light Dragoons

We update several sections in British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Aides-de-Camp
The Infantry Regiments
The Royal Engineers

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website: The French Fleet at Trafalgar

15 May 2017

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

The 16th Light Dragoons

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 20: Part II

John Hussey's translation of The GQG [Headquarters] of Napoleon I in 1813 Part II

Eamonn O'Keeffe provides more sources to Military Wives in British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website: The Spanish Fleet at Trafalgar

We have two new categories in British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Sappers and Miners
Paymasters

We close with a review of The Peninsular War Letters of Lancelot Machell RE

30 April 2017

Professor Wayne Hanley re-evaluates Marshal Ney's performance at Quatre Bras in: “. . . Not so bad as some say”: Ney at Quatre Bras

Christopher Coffey provides us with another Spanish Royal Decree!

Spanish Royal Decree of 1817 Pertaining to the Spanish Government during the French Occupation

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

The 13th Light Dragoons

John Hussey translates and annotates an article that was first published in 1921: The GQG [Headquarters] of Napoleon I in 1813

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 20: Part I

We close our publicity campaign for John Hussey's Waterloo: the Campaign of 1815.

The Interview with John Hussey: Part IV

A Sample Chapter: Chapter 26 The Approach to Battle: Sombreffe, Morning, 16 June

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

We close with a pair of reviews:

Napoleon, France and Waterloo: the Eagle Rejected
Fighting Napoleon: The Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns

15 April 2017

Christopher Coffey looks at the Spanish Royal Decrees concerning the 1808 Dos Mayo Madrid Massacre

John Hussey writes about a little known incident in the early days of Napoleon: Buonaparte and the Ajaccio Easter Troubles, 1792: the Verdict of Arthur Chuquet (1853-1925)

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 19: Part III

More on the publicity campaign for John Hussey's Waterloo: the Campaign of 1815.

The Interview with John Hussey: Part III

A Sample Chapter: Chapter 24, Appendix: the Reserves March to Quatre Bras

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website: The British Fleet at Trafalgar

We have a new category in British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Military Wives

We close with a review of A Bloody Day: the Irish at Waterloo

31 March 2017

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 19: Part II

John Hussey writes about a conversation held by Napoleon and Miot de Melito (1764-1841), a French commissioner in the conquered Italian provinces in General Bonaparte’s Private Views, Summer 1797

Alistair Nichols continues to provide numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

More on the publicity campaign for John Hussey's Waterloo: the Campaign of 1815.

The Interview with John Hussey: Part II

A Sample Chapter: Chapter 14: Napoleon and His Options - the Spring of 1815

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website: Descriptions of Napoleon

We close with reviews of:

The Late Lord: the Life of John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham
Sir John Moore: The Making of a Controversial Hero
The Scum of the Earth; What Happened to the Real British Heroes of Waterloo?

15 March

I am pleased to announce a new project for the Napoleon Series. We have joined with Greenhill Books in their campaign to spread the news about a new book by John Hussey called Waterloo: the Campaign of 1815. About six months ago, Michael Leventhal contacted me and asked if I would take a look at an important new work on Waterloo that Greenhill Books was publishing. To see what all the hype is about go to John Hussey's Waterloo: the Campaign of 1815. Every time we do an update on tbe Napoleon Series for the next two months we will include more material about the book, including sample chapters, an interview with Mr. Hussey, and an autobiography.

John Hussey's Autobiography

The Interview with John Hussey: Part 1

A Sample Chapter: Chapter 5: Europe's Response

Please note that this is also a fund-raiser for the Napoleon Series, the first we have had since 2010. The publisher has offered every member of the Napoleon Series a 15% discount on the price of the book if they order the book through Pen & Sword. Furthermore, the Napoleon Series will receive a 10% commission for every book bought by a reader of the Napoleon Series! Information on ordering the book can be found at the end of the John Hussey's Waterloo: the Campaign of 1815 page.

We also include the following new material in this update!

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 19: Part I

Alistair Nichols provides numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

Nicolas-Denis Remy provides us with a copy, courtesy of the French National Liber of the French Almanach Royale 1814-1815

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website:

List of Officers, Killed, Wounded, and Missing at Waterloo: 17 June 1815 as published in the London Gazette.

We update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Infantry

We close with a review of:

Fighting Napoleon: the Recollections of Lieutenant John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and Waterloo Campaigns

28 February

Susan Wood looks at how Marshal MacDonald handled Military Discipline in Catalonia 1810-11

In Steve Brown's British Infantry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 To 1815

The 69th Foot

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Lieutenant Generals

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part XI

Alistair Nichols provides numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

We update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The 95th Rifles

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website:

List of Officers, Killed, Wounded, and Missing during the Retreat to Waterloo: 17 June 1815 as published in the London Gazette.

We close with a pair of reviews:

Sir John Moore: The Making of a Controversial Hero
The American Sharpe: the Adventures of an American Officer of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsula & Waterloo Campaigns

15 February 2017

The 7th Issue of Justin Howard's translation of the German Napoleonic magazine Despeche!

31 January 2017

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part X

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Marchels de Camp

Alistair Nichols provides numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website:

List of Officers, Killed, Wounded, and Missing at the Battle of Quatre Bras: 16 June 1815 as published in the London Gazette.

We close with reviews of:

Waterloo General: The Life, Letters and Mysterious Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby 1772 – 1815
Wellington’s Switzers: the Watteville Regiment in Egypt, the Mediterranean, Spain and Canada

15 January

Steve Brown looks at the 75th Foot in British Infantry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 To 1815

In the final installment of Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

A Summary of the Legal Process and Judgements

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Generals de Division

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part IX

Alistair Nichols provides numerous corrections to Lionel Challis' Peninsula Roll Call in Corrections to the Peninsula Roll Call

From the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature website:

General Miguel de Alava’s Account of Waterloo

We close with a review of Waterloo in 100 Objects

 

Traditionally I also use the first update of the year to provide a "State of the Napoleon Series" message.

The year 2016 was also an incredible year for the Napoleon Series. We continue to grow at an incredible rate. We now have online over 170,000 articles, reviews, images, maps, and other items. All are free to the public and the number of visitors is immense. We continue to have about 100,000 different visitors a month with 57,000 files downloaded per day,or 15,000,000 files during the year! This averages 2GB of data per day! TThirty-five individuals wrote articles for us and they came from Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States! Our History Forum continues to be the place for exchanging of ideas, with 1,000+ registered users and over 6,000 messages posted last year.

I would be amiss if I did not publicly thank all of the editors who were actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Series in 2016. 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! He also has written many articles for the Series.

Tom Holmberg, the Reviews Editor. Every review published on the Series is edited by Tom first! Tom is also one of the top contributors to the Napoleon Series Forum.

Matthew Macvittie, Editor of the War of 1812 Magazine.

David Markham, the Napoleon Series' Writing Contest coordinator

Several individuals also have provided many of the articles that we published in the past year. It is through their continuing efforts that make the Napoleon Series such a valuable source of information on the Napoleonic Era! In alphabetical order, they are: Andrew Bamford, Tony Broughton, Steve Brown, Gareth Glover, Greg Gorsuch, Susan Howard, Ron McGuigan, and Eman Vovsi.

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

Colonel Jack Gill, Dr. Wayne Hanley, Dr. J. David Markham, and Dr. Eman Vovsi who were the judges in our annual writing contest!

Interested in Contributing a Paper to the Napoleon Series? We have developed a writing and style guide! This guide was developed based on 18 years of editing over 4,000 papers that have been submitted to the Series. Although most papers follow the guide in spirit, almost all have minor problems. This in itself may not appear to be a major issue, however we publish over 1,000 new items a year. We spend hundreds of hours every year formatting these papers to ensure that all contributions published by the Napoleon Series will have a uniform look. Much of the guide is common sense and if followed by the author, will reduce the amount of time needed to edit a paper. Please send your papers in a format that can be easily edited, such as Word. Once it has been edited, your paper will be published in PDF format.

All papers must follow these guidelines, unless given prior approval by the editor.  Those papers that do not follow these  guidelines will be sent back to the author for revision.

This guide is not intended to limit the content of any contribution; rather it is designed to aid authors in properly formatting their articles and to reduce the amount of time spent editing the articles.

A copy of the guide can be found at: Napoleon Series Format and Style Guide

Enjoy!!

Robert Burnham
Editor-in-Chief
The Napoleon Series

31 December

Ferdi Irmfried Wöber brings to life a long forgotten heroine of the 1809 Franco-Austrian War in The Girl of Kismegyer at the Battle of Raab

Steve Brown looks at the 6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Artillery in British Artillery Companies and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 To 1815

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Loot of Cordova

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part VIII

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Generals de Brigade

Another article by Gareth Glover from the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature Archives:

San Sebastian Then and Now: the Siege of 1813

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Foot Guards

We made corrections to Lionel S. Challis's "Peninsula Roll Call":

Southwell, Arthur Francis

We close with reviews of:

Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809
Wellington's Eastern Front: the Campaigns on the East Coast of Spain 1810-1814
Crippled Splendour: the French Cavalry from Valmy to Toulouse
The Journal of Trooper Samuel Gallagher, 5th Dragoon Guards in Spain, Portugal and France, 1810 – 1815

15 December

We continue to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Issue 26

30 November

A new addition to our primary sources archives: A Letter Home from Waterloo by a Westphalian Landwehr Soldier

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part VII

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Genie (Engineers)

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry: a Summary of the Capitulation

From John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature Archives, another article by Gareth Glover

Mercer's Troop at Waterloo

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Cavalry
Enlisted Soldiers

We close with a review of The Letters of Private Henry Willis: 1st Regiment of Life Guards, 1807-14

15 November

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry: a Summary of the Campaign

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

Regiments d’Artillerie de Marine

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part VI

From John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature Archives, another article by Gareth Glover

British Static Fortifications to Meet the Treat of Invasion 1798 - 1814

We close with a pair of reviews:

The Memoirs of Baron von Müffling: a Prussian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars
Men of the 1st Foot Guards at Waterloo and Beyond

 

 

 



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