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Altoff, Gerard T.
Deep Water Sailors, Shallow Water Sailors: Manning the United States Fleet on Lake Erie, 1813
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

One of three recent books on the forgotten war for control of Great Lakes in the War of 1812...

Anderson, Mark Robert Dunbar |
Blue Berg: Britain Takes the Cape

Reviewed by Howie Muir

A flawed study of a little known Napoleonic battle. . .

Arnold, James R. and Ralph R. Reinertsen
Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon, The Eylau Campaign of 1806-1807

Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

An admirable history of a hard-fought battle. . .

Austin, Paul Britten
1812 Trilogy: The March on Moscow, Napoleon in Moscow, and The Great Retreat
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Based on eyewitness accounts Paul Britten Austin tells of the triumphs and tragedies of Napoleon's Russian campaign...

1812: The March on Moscow
Reviewed by Greg Gorsuch

Bicentennial reprint of the first volume of Austin’s collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Campaign…

1812: Napoleon in Moscow
Reviewed by Greg Gorsuch

Reprint of the second volume of Austin’s collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Campaign…

Baker-Smith, Veronica.
Wellington’s Hidden Heroes: the Dutch and the Belgians at Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

What the Dutch-Belgians did during the Waterloo Campaign and why it was ignored…

Bamford, Andrew
A Bold and Ambitious Enterprise: the British Army in the Low Countries, 1813-1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A bold and ambitious recounting of a little-covered British campaign…

Gallantry and Discipline: the 12th Light Dragoons at War with Wellington
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A superb account of British cavalry regiment in garrison and on campaign…

Sickness, Suffering and the Sword: the British Regiment on Campaign, 1808-1815
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A clear, concise study of how the British Army maintained its strength in the field during the Napoleonic Wars…

Beardsley, Martyn 
Waterloo Voices 1815: the Battle at First Hand

Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The Battle of Waterloo as told by its participants…

Blaze, Elzéar
Elzéar Blaze's Life in Napoleon's Army: The Graphic Memoirs of Captain Elzéar Blaze
Reviewed by Donald Graves

A reprint of a tried-and-true Napoleonic “standard”…

Boué, Gilles
Leipzig: 1813
Reviewed by Digby Smith

A short, illustrated overview of one of the Napoleonic Wars’ greatest battles…

Brown, Steve
Wellington's Redjackets

Reviewed by Andrew Bamford

Wellington's Redjackets
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A history of the British 45th Foot's operations in the Peninsula War.

Brnardic, Vladimir
Napoleon's Balkan Troops
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Excellent introduction to a hard-to-find subject...

Bruce, Anthony
The Purchase System in the British Army, 1660 - 1871
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A look at the history and eventual decline and fall of the purchase system in the British Army…

Buckley, Norman Roger
The British Army in the West Indies: Society and the Military in the Revolutionary Age
Reviewed by Karen Racine

This ambitious look at Britain's "forgotten army" in the Caribbean opens new directions for future research...

Burnham, Robert
Charging Against Wellington: The French Cavalry in the Peninsular War, 1807–1814
Reviewed by Anthony Gray

Invaluable source on Napoleon’s beaux sabreurs in the Peninsula...

Burnham, Robert & Ron McGuigan
The British Army Against Napoleon: Facts, Lists and Trivia, 1805-1815
Reviewed by Digby Smith

An amazing, surprising, and painstakingly research reference on all aspects of British Army life in the Napoleonic era…

Buttery, David
Wellington against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808
Wellington against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Welcomed, modern, full-length studies of two Peninsular campaigns…

Wellington against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808
Wellington against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811
Reviewed by Anthony Gray

Useful and readable, if limited, accounts of two Peninsular campaigns…

Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809
Reviewed by Steve Brown

Recommended volume in David Buttery’s “Invasions of Portugal” series…

Castle, Ian
Eggmühl, 1809: Storm over Bavaria
Aspern and Wagram, 1809: Mighty Clash of Empires
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Two studies by Ian Castle of the desperate battles of the 1809 campaign from the Osprey series...

Centeno, João Torres
O Exército Português na Guerra Peninsular: Volume 1 -  Do Rossilhão ao Fim da Segunda Invasão Francesa 1807-1810
Reviewed by Anthony Gray

A useful addition to understanding the development of the Portuguese army. . .

Chalfont, Lord
Waterloo: Battle of Three Armies
Reviewed by Robert Mosher

Waterloo from the perspective of the three armies that fought there.

Chandler, David G.
On The Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Bob Burnham

This book is a collection of his essays, articles, and other works published over past three decades in many different journals or papers given to various audiences, but never previously published.

Chandler, David G.
On The Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

This is the best book noted Napoleonic historian David Chandler has written...

Chappell, Mike
Wellington's Peninsula Regiments: The Light Infantry
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

The development of the British light infantry is examined…

Chartrand, Rene
Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (1), Field Artillery

Napoleon's Guns, 1792-1815 (2), Heavy and Siege Artillery
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Chesney, Charles
Waterloo Lectures: a Study of the Campaign of 1815

Reviewed by Robert Burnham

An attempt to review of the events preceding, during and after Waterloo without national bias…

Clayton, Tim
Waterloo: Four Days that Changed Europe’s Destiny

Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A balanced history of Waterloo as seen by all its participants…

Coleman, Peter
George Walton 1796 – 1874: the Journal & Diary of a Rifleman of the 95th Who Fought at Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The adventures of an enlisted man in the 95th Rifles in the 1814 Flanders Campain and at Waterloo…

Coppens, Bernard & Courcelle, Patrice
Hougoumont
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Another Waterloo book... but please read on, even if you're convinced you know everything about the 18th June 1815.

Coppens, Bernard & Courcelle, Patrice
Le Chemin d'Ohain: Waterloo, 1815
Reviewed by Yves Martin

The second volume in the new Coppens/Courcelle series on an old subject...

Craufurd, Robert
Standing Orders, as Given Out and Enforced by the Late Major-Gen. Robt. Craufurd for the Use of the Light Division during the Years 1809, 1810, and 1811

Giving the Army their marching orders ...

Crowdy, Terry

Napoleon’s Infantry Handbook
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

An essential book on the day-to-day functioning of the Imperial French Army.

Incomparable: Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment
Reviewed by Digby Smith

The dramatic story of an “Incomparable” infantry regiment during the turbulent Napoleonic Wars…

Cusick, Raymond P.
Wellington’s Rifles: The Origins, Development and Battles of the Rifle Regiments in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo
Reviewed by Steve Brown

A look at the history and development of Britain’s much-storied Rifles…

Dague, Everett
Henri Clarke, the Ministry of War, and the Evolution of Military Administration During the French First Empire, 1800-1814
Reviewed by Tom Holmberg

A unique study of how Napoleon's military bureaucracy worked. . .

Davout, Louis N.
Napoleon's Finest: Marshal Louis Davout and His 3rd Corps, Combat Journal of Operations, 1805 - 1807
Translated and edited by Scott Bowden
Reviewed by Rory Muir

The first ever publication of Davout's famous Operations du 3eme Corps in English. With over 20 color maps and much supplemental information.

Dawson, Paul
Boots and Saddles: Horses and Riders of Wellington's Army
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A unique and engrossing look at the horses of Wellington’s army…

Crippled Splendour: the French Cavalry from Valmy to Toulouse
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A recommended study on how the French got their cavalry mounts and how they used them…

Dellevoet, André
The Dutch-Belgian Cavalry at Waterloo – A Military History
Reviewed by Steve Brown

The triumphs and tribulations of the Dutch-Belgian Cavalry at Waterloo…

Dempsey, Guy
Albuera 1811: The Bloodiest Battle of the Peninsular War
Reviewed by Anthony Gray

An excellent new account of the battle of Albuera based on a wide range of sources...

Dempsey, Guy
Napoleon’s Mercenaries: Foreign Units in the French Army under the Consulate and Empire 1799 to 1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A great read on the famous and little-known foreign regiments of Napoleon's armies…

de Saint-Junien, Vigier
Brune’s 1807 Campaign in Swedish Pomerania
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A new edition of a long out-of-print book.

de Vignolle, Martin
Historical Account of the Military Operations of the Army of Italy in 1813 and 1814
Translated and edited by Dr. George Nafziger
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A memoir of the forgotten campaign in Italy in 1813 and 1814. . .

Divall, Carole
Redcoats against Napoleon: the 30th Regiment during the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars
Inside the Regiment: the Officers and Men of the 30th Regiment during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A fascinating look at an obscure regiment. . .

Wellington’s Worst Scrape: the Burgos Campaign 1812

A worthwhile look at one of the Iron Duke’s least-known campaigns. . .

du Faur, Faber
With Napoleon in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur, 1812
Translated and edited by Jonathan North
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A lavishly illustrated memoir by a soldier who survived the 1812 Russian Campaign.

Duffy, Christopher
Prussia's Glory: Rossbach and Leuthen
Reviewed by Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze

The campaign that was a precursor to Napoleon's Prussian campaign…

Elting, John Robert
'Amateurs, to Arms!': A Military History of the War of 1812
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

The late Col. Elting's classic look at the often-neglected War of 1812...

Elting, John Robert and Vincent J. Esposito
A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars. Revised edition. London: Greenhill, 1999. & Elting, John Robert. Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armée. N.Y.: Da Capo, 1997.
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A new look at two of the "old standards" of Napoleonic history...

Elting, John Robert and Vincent J. Esposito
A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars. Revised edition. London: Greenhill, 1999.
Reviewed by Alfons Libert

A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars was primarily written back in 1963 by Brigadier-General Vincent J. Esposito and Colonel John Elting to serve as a textbook for West Point students.

Fletcher, Ian
Bloody Albuera: the 1811 Campaign in the Peninsula
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A well-illustrated recounting of Bryon's "glorious field of grief."

Galloping at Everything; The British Cavalry in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo, 1808-15
Reviewed by David Read

A new reappraisal of the view of the British cavalry in the Napoleonic wars as "mere brainless gallopers"...

The Peninsular War: Wellington’s Battlefields Revisited
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

See Wellington’s Peninsular battlefields without going through customs…

Franklin, John
Waterloo 1815
Reveiwed by Dana Lombardy

Osprey brings out a succinct account of the battles of the Waterloo campaign in time for the bicentennial…

Fredriksen, John C.
Green Coats and Glory: The United States Regiment of Riflemen, 1808 - 1821.
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A regimental history of a little known unit during the War of 1812.

Fremont-Barnes, Gregory (Editor).
Armies of the Napoleonic Wars

Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Encyclopedic look at the military establishments of all sides of the Napoleonic Wars…

Waterloo 1815: The British Army’s Day of Destiny
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A welcomed addition to the bicentennial library of Waterloo volumes…

Fremont-Barnes, Gregory, and Fisher, Todd.
The Napoleonic Wars: The Rise and Fall of an Empire
Reviewed by Tom Holmberg

A brief, comprehensive overview of the main events of the Napoleonic Wars. . .

Gallaher, John G.
Napoleon's Irish Legion.
Reviewed by Robert Markley

An in-depth look at one of Napoleon's obscurest units...

Napoleon's Irish Legion
Reviewed by Nicholas Dunne-Lynch

The politics of Irish nationalism lives on in Gallaher's history of Napoleon's Irish Legion...

Gardiner, Robert
Warships of the Napoleonic Era & The Naval War of 1812. Chatham Pictorial Histories Series.
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Two new studies of those men in the Napoleonic era "who went down to the sea in ships" and the ships they sail...

Gill, John H.
1809, Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon’s Defeat of the Habsburgs
Reviewed by Dr. Stephen Summerfield

The excellent first volume in a massive new history of the 1809 campaign.

1809, Thunder on the Danube (Vol. II): The Fall of Vienna and the Battle of Aspern
Reviewed by Digby Smith

Volume two of Jack Gill's definitive study of Napoleon's 1809 campaign. . .

1809, Thunder on the Danube (Vol. III): Wagram and Zaniam
Reviewed by Digby Smith

Glorious finale to a magisterial trilogy on the campaign of 1809. . .

Glover, Gareth
Letters From The Battle of Waterloo
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

Finally Siborne's unpublished Waterloo correspondence is available...

The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A worthy addition in the Waterloo Archives series...

Waterloo: the Defeat of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

One of the best of the recent crop of books on Waterloo…

Godechot, Jacques
The Napoleonic Era in Europe Napoleonic
Reviewed by Robert Mosher

A classic book on Napoleon.

Goetz, Robert
1805: Austerlitz
Reviewed by Tom Holmberg

A unique step-by-step account of one of Napoleon's greatest campaigns...

Goldsbrough, Richard.
The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon: the King’s Dragoon Guards at Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The story of the forgotten cavalry brigade's contribution to the British victory at Waterloo...

Graves, Donald E.
Field of Glory: The Battle of Chrysler's Farm, 1813
Where Right and Glory Lead: The Battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814
Red Coats and Gray Jackets: The Battle of Chippawa, 5 July 1814

Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Three books by Canadian historian Donald Graves on the battles of the War of 1812 in North America...

Dragon Rampant: The Royal Welch Fusiliers at War, 1793-1815
Reviewed by Dr. Stephen Summerfield

A model of a modern regimental history. . .

Grehan, John.
The Lines of Torres Vedras: The Cornerstone of Wellington’s Strategy in the Peninsular War 1809 – 12

Reviewed by Robert Burnham

An in-depth look at the fortifications that stopped the French…

Voices from the Past: Waterloo 1815
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The men who fought at Waterloo speak…

Gregan, John and Martin Mace
The Battle of Barrosa 1811: Forgotten Battle of the Peninsular War
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A well written account of an often overlooked, but important aspect of the Peninsular War.

Griffith, Paddy.
The Art of War of Revolutionary France 1789-1802
Reviewed by Martin Liechty

This work gives a perfect overview of the historical and military theatres of the time. It is not just about the military matters but also very much about the political and social forces that were so critical between 1789 and 1802.

Griffith, Paddy (Editor)
A History of the Peninsular War: Modern Studies of the War in Spain and Portugal, 1808-1814. Vol. IX
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Volume IX will be of great interest to those who specialize in the Peninsular War and who want to expand their horizon beyond what Oman offers. They will find new material and at times may strongly disagree with the conclusions of the writer. What they will not be, however, is bored!

Hall, Christopher D.
Wellington's Navy: Sea Power and the Peninsular War 1807 - 1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The Peninsular War at sea...

Wellington's Navy: Sea Power and the Peninsular War 1807 - 1814
Reviewed by Donald Graves

The Royal Navy's role in Spain finally gets its due….

Hall, Dr. John A.
Oman VIII: The Biographical Dictionary Of British Officers Killed And Wounded, 1808-1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

John Hall does a superb job of documenting the human cost of the War. The individuals who fell on the fields of battle will no longer be faceless statistics in the back of a history book...

Harvey, Dan
A Bloody Day: the Irish at Waterloo

Reviewd by Robert Burnham

Brings to life the Irish who won Waterloo…

Hattem, Mark Van
In the Wake of Napoleon: the Dutch in Time of War, 1792-1815
Reviewed by Frank van den Bergh

A unique and fascinating look at the Netherlands during the Napoleonic Wars...

Haythornthwaite, Philip J.
British Rifleman 1797 - 1815
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A look at the Rifles by a leading author...

Redcoats: the British Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Life in the British Army for an ordinary enlisted man from recruitment to discharge…

Picton’s Division at Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Highly recommended study of “one of the rocks” of Wellington’s Army at Waterloo…

Haythornthwaite, Philip J. (Editor).
Wellington's Army: the Uniforms of the British Soldier, 1812 - 1815
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A magnificent look at the paintings of the uniforms of the British soldier, by a contemporary artist.

Henry, Chris
Napoleonic Naval Armaments 1792 – 1815
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A primer on naval weapons.

Henry, Chris
British Napoleonic Artillery 1793-1815 (1), Field Artillery
British Napoleonic Artillery, 1793-1815 (2), Siege and Coastal Artillery
Napoleonic Naval Armaments 1792 – 1815

Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Hitsman, J. Mackay
The Incredible War of 1812
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

The finest one-volume history of the War of 1812 ever published…

Hofschröer, Peter
1815: The Waterloo Campaign. Wellington, His German Allies and the Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

This "revisionist" history tells the Prussian side of the much-written about Waterloo campaign...

Hofschröer, Peter
1815, The Waterloo Campaign: the German Victory
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Peter Hofschröer continues his detailed examination of the often-overlooked role of the German troops in the Waterloo campaign...

Hollins, David
Austrian Grenadiers and Infantry, 1788-1816
Reviewed by Alexander Mikaberidze

An excellent introduction to the Austrian fighting man...

Marengo 1800: Napoleon's Day of Fate
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Author's Response

This new look at one of Napoleon's greatest victories must be considered a missed opportunity...

Howard, Martin R.

Death Before Glory! The British Soldier in the West Indies in the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815
Reviewed by Donald E. Graves

The Caribbean “sideshow” of the Revolutionary Wars takes center stage…

Walcheren 1809: the Scandalous Destruction of a British Army
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The “scandalous” story of a disastrous British campaign…

Johnston, H. Winston.
The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812 – 1816: Who Were They and What Did They Do in the War?
Reviewed by John R. Grodzinski

Blurb: Impeccably researched unit history of a Canadian regiment in the War of 1812…

Kert, Faye M.
Privateering: Patriots and Profits in the War of 1812
Reviewed by Gary M. Gibson

A look at the over 700 privateers that roamed the oceans during the War of 1812.

Kiley, Kevin
Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Artillery described with a narrative flair and technical know-how. . .

Kiley, Kevin
Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars: Artillery in Siege, Fortress and Navy, 1792 - 1815
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Volume two in Kevin Kiley’s informative look at Napoleonic artillery . . .

Juhel, Pierre
Aout 1813 - Napoleon face a l'Europe Coalisée: Batailles de Grosbeeren, La Katzbach, Dresde et Kulm.
Reviewed by Tony Broughton.

An inexpensive, but excellent study of Napoleon's campaign of August 1813.

Lipscombe, Nick.
The Peninsular War Atlas

Reviewed by Rod MacArthur

The year 2010 saw the publication of two Peninsular atlases, learn about both . . .

Wellington's Eastern Front: the Campaigns on the East Coast of Spain 1810-1814
Reviewed by Josh Provan

Essential look at the Peninsular campaign on the east coast of Spain…

Wellington’s Guns: the Untold Story of Wellington and his Artillery in the Peninsula and at Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Highly-recommended study of Wellington’s artillery …

Mace, Martin and John Grehan
British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1806: Despatches from the Front

Reviewed by Steve Brown

The British in battle in the Revolutionary and early Napoleonic Wars...

British Battles of the Napoleonic Wars, 1807-1815: Despatches from the Front
Reviewed by Steve Brown

The British in battle in the later Napoleonic Wars...

Malcomson, Robert
Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1813
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

One of three recent books on the forgotten war for control of Great Lakes in the War of 1812...

Mas, Miguel Ángel Martin
Chasseurs à Cheval
of Napoleon’s Guard
Reviewed by John R. Grodzinski, FINS

A gorgeously illustrated volume on Napoleon's "invincibles". . .

Mikaberidze, Alexander
The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov
Reviewed by John R. Grodzinski, FINS

The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov
Reviewed by Digby Smith

An important new study of the Battle of Borodino. . .

The Battle of the Berezina: Napoleon's Great Escape
Reviewed by Greg Gorsuch

The Crossing of the Berezina fully told for the first time. . .

Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky, Lieutenant General Alexander.
Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812
Translated and edited by Alexander Mikaberidze
Reviewed by: Robert Goetz

A look at the major campaigns fought by the Russians against the Ottoman Empire.

Morvan, Jean
Le Soldat Impérial, 1800-1814.
Reviewed by Yves Martin

A "classic" Napoleonic reference work that describes in detail the evolution, operation and eventual degradation of the French Army under Napoleon.

Muilwijk,  Erwin.
1815: From Mobilization to War, Volume 1
Reviewed by Gareth Glover

1815: From Mobilization to War, Volume 1
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A detailed look at the contribution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Waterloo campaign. . .

Standing Firm at Waterloo 17th  & 18th  June, Volume 3
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

Waterloo from a new perspective, that of the Netherlands troops. . .

Muir, Rory

Salamanca 1812
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Dr. Muir examines the decisive battle of the Peninsula War and provides us with a new way to write history!

Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Using a wide range of diaries and memoirs, Mr. Muir shows what it was like to be a soldier in combat during the Napoleonic Wars.

Muir, Rory, Robert Burnham, Howie Muir and Ron McGuigan
Inside Wellington's Peninsular Army, 1808-1814
Reviewed by D.E. Graves

An important addition to the library of any serious student of the Peninsular War…

Myerly, Scott Hughes
British Military Spectacle: From the Napoleonic Wars Through to Crimea
Reviewed by Anne Woodley

A fascinating look at whys and hows of British military spectacle...

Nafziger, George
Imperial Bayonets: Tactics of the Napoleonic Battery, Battalion and Brigade as Found in Contemporary Regulations
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A modern classic on military tactics of the Napoleonic era...

Nichols, Alistair
Wellington’s Switzers: the Watteville Regiment in Egypt, the Mediterranean, Spain and Canada

A regimental history of a Swiss mercenary regiment in British Service.

North, Jonathan, ed.
The Napoleon Options: Alternate Decisions of the Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

Greenhill Books offers ten "what-ifs", alternate endings for the turning points of the Napoleonic wars...

Oman, Charles
Wellington's Army, 1809-1814
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A reissued classic by one of Britain's most celebrated historians of the Peninsular War.

Pawley, Ronald
Napoleon's Carabiniers
Reviewed by Alexander Mikaberidze

An engaging look at Napoleon's armored horsemen....

Napoleon's Mamelukes
Reviewed by Stephen Summerfield

Too few pages for a look at Napoleon's most colorful soldiers...

The Red Lancers: Anatomy of a Napoleonic Regiment
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A colorful, lavishly illustrated look at one of Napoleon's most colorful regiments…

Pengelly, Colin
H.M.S. Bellerophon
Reviewed by Donald Graves

A reprint of a tried-and-true Napoleonic “standard”…

Pigeard, Alain
Napoleon et les Troupes Polonaises 1797-1815
Reviewed by Yves Martin

At last one would think, a short affordable work on Polish units with ample color illustrations, uniforms etc! After all, not even the Osprey series has a current title on this topic which, seems like an obvious one to consider given the involvement of the Poles in the Napoleonic events.

Reid, Stuart
Highlanders: Fearless Celtic Warriors
Reviewed by Howie Muir

A prolific author surveys the development of Britain's Highland regiments…

Wellington's Army in the Peninsula 1809-1814
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

Covers "command, deployment, organisation and evolution of forces in battle, describing elements of doctrine, training, tactics and equipment."

Wellington’s Highland Warriors: From the Black Watch Mutiny to the Battle of Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A gem of a book on Britain’s famed Highland regiments. . .

Reynaud, Jean-Louis.
Contre Guérilla en Espagne (1808-1814), Suchet Pacifie l’Aragon
Reviewed by Jean Giscand and Anthony Gray

An important study of Suchet and French counter-insurgency strategies in Spain. . .

Robertson, Ian
A Commanding Presence - Wellington in the Peninsula 1808 – 1814: Logistics, Strategy, Survival
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

How logistics affected the British Campaigns in the Peninsula.

An Atlas of the Peninsular War, 1808-1814
Reviewed by Rod MacArthur

The year 2010 saw the publication of two Peninsular atlases, learn about both . . .

An Atlas of the Peninsular War
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

State of the art maps of the battles of the Peninsular War …

Wellington at War in the Peninsula, 1808-1814: An Overview and a Guide
Reviewed by Rory Muir

A well-written guide to the battles and battlefields of the Peninsula. . .

Wellington at War in the Peninsula, 1808-1814: An Overview and a Guide
Reviewed by Anthony Gray

A guide for the traveler and the military history buff to Wellington's war on the Peninsula. . .

Wellington Invades France: the Final Phase of the Peninsular War 1813 – 1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The "unknown" invasion of France…

Robinson, Mike
The Battle of Quatre Bras 1815
Reviewed by Dr Stephen Summerfield

New account of the battle before Waterloo. . .

Sale, Nigel.
The Lie at the Heart of Waterloo. The Battle's Hidden Last Half Hour
Reviewed by Don Graves

A minute-by-minute study of the hidden history of Waterloo…

Schneid, Frederick
Napoleon's Italian Campaigns, 1805-1815
Reviewed by Tom Holmberg

A quick tour of the largely over-looked later campaigns in Italy…

Schur, Nathan
Napoleon In The Holy Land
Reviewed by Bob Burnham

There are numerous books on Napoleon's expedition to Egypt that began in 1798 and ended with the eventual French surrender in 1801... Nathan Schur's book takes a different approach...

Skaggs, David Curtis and Gerard T. Altoff
A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

One of three recent books on the forgotten war for control of Great Lakes in the War of 1812...

Smith, Denis

The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814
Reviewed by: Tom Holmberg

The story of the thousands of French prisoners of war stranded on a rocky island...

Smith, Digby

1813 Leipzig: : Napoleon and the Battle of the Nations
Reviewed by: Allan Mountford

A new volume on the "Battle of Nations" utilizing previously untranslated material…

Armies of the Seven Years War: Commanders, Equipment, Uniforms and Strategies of the ‘First World War’
Reviewed by: Robert Burnham

A thorough encyclopedia of the Seven Years War…

Charge! Great Cavalry Charges of the Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Jack Harvey

The "awful grandeur" of the Napoleonic cavalry charge…

Charge! Great Cavalry Charges of the Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Alexander Mikaberidze

Riding with the cavalry in the Napoleonic wars…

Napoleon’s German Division in Spain, Volume I: Nassau, Baden, Frankfurt, Dutch& Hessen-Darmstadt Troops, their Regimental History, Uniforms & Organization
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The history of Napoleon's German allies, who fought in Spain.

">Napoleon’s German Division in Spain, Volume II: The Germans in Catalonia 1808 - 1813
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The further sacrifices of Napoleon’s German allies in the Peninsular War…

Napoleon's Regiments: Battle Histories of the Regiments of the French Army, 1792-1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The ultimate reference guide to French regiments...

Soltyk, John Lawrence
Operations of the Polish Army during the 1809 Campaign in Poland
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Another informative, little-known gem from the Nafziger Collection…

Sommerville, Christopher
March of Death: Sir John Moore’s Retreat to Corunna, 1808-1809
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A new study on the other great retreat of the Napoleonic wars….

Spring, Laurence
Russian Grenadiers and Infantry, 1799-1815
Reviewed by Alexander Mikaberidze

A useful introduction to the Russian army…

1812: Russia's Patriotic War
Reviewed by Alexander Mikaberidze

Summerfield, Stephen
Corrections to Napoleonic Artillery

Items that slipped passed the editor of the book.

Cossack Hurrah!!: Russian Irregular Cavalry Organization and Uniforms During the Napoleonic War
Reviewed by Alexander Mikaberidze

A concise overview of the "best light troops" of the Napoleonic wars. . .

Saxon Artillery: 1733-1827
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A detailed, exhaustive study of Saxon artillery during the Napoleonic wars and beyond…

Thompson, Mark S.
The Fatal Hill: The Allied Campaign under Beresford in Southern Spain in 1811
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A new account of Britain's bloodiest Peninsular campaign…

Wellington’s Engineers: Military Engineering in the Peninsular War 1808 – 1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

The major impact of the Royal Engineers on the war in the Peninsular…

Tone, John Lawrence
The Fatal Knot: The Guerrilla War in Navarre and the Defeat of Napoleon in Spain
Reviewed by Robert Markley

A significant contribution to the history of the guerrilla war in Spain...

Tranie & Carmigniani
The Napoleonic Books of Tranie & Carmigniani
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Let's put ourselves back at the end of the 1960's. It's a wonderful time for Napoleonic aficionados. The bicentennial of the great man's birth is coming up and publishers are eager to come out with luxurious volumes on the Napoleonic period. It's also very fitting for Gaullist France to celebrate the Napoleonic Epoch.

Uffindell, Andrew
The Eagle's Last Triumph: Napoleon's Victory at Ligny, June 1815
Reviewed by Ron McGuigan

A full-length look at the battle of Ligny. . .

Napoleon 1814, the Defence of France
Reviewed by David McCracken

A welcomed study of the oft-underrated campaign of 1814…

Waterloo Commanders: Napoleon, Wellington and Blücher
Review by John R. Grodzinski

Waterloo through the eyes of its three commanders. . .

Van Uythoven, Geert
Voorwaarts Bataven!
Reviewed by Bruno Nackaerts

A detailed, extensively researched study of the 1799 Anglo-Russian campaign amid the dikes, dunes and swamps of the Dutch coast.

Voykowitsch, Bernhard
Castiglione 1796, Napoleon Repulses Wurmer's First Attack
Reviewed by Alfons Libert

The author has done extensive research in the Vienna War Archives and in the Vincennes Archives and it shows. The book has a wealth of details that will be hard to find elsewhere.

Weller, Jac
On Wellington, The Duke and his Art of War
Reviewed by Martin Liechty

After reading this book every Napoleonic enthusiast and scholar must admit that Napoleon faced a very hard task while offering combat at Waterloo. One has the impression that Napoleon should have read this book 200 years ago...

Weller, Jac
Wellington at Waterloo
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Rather than providing the reader with an overview of all the events that were happening, when they happened, Mr. Weller provides the reader only with the information that Wellington would have had at the time he needed to make a decision...

Worley, Colin
An Atlas of the Peninsular War: 1808 - 1814
Reviewed by Bob Burnham

An impressive book that deserves to be in every Napoleonic scholar's collection.

 



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