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Once There Were Titans: Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles, 1800-1815

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This is a masterly study of generalship in Napoleons Grande Arme. Napoleon arguably had the greatest collection of military talent to ever serve one man working for him during the period 1800-15.

The role of the Marshals of the Empire has been covered many times, and due credit is also given to them here; however, for the first time Kevin Kiley also examines in depth the contribution of the generals who never made that rank. Fifty-two general officers - some well known and some not - are examined using the battles they fought to illustrate just how valuable they were. From Marengo in 1800 to Ligny in 1815, both French victories and defeats are studied in meticulous detail, each chapter covering a battle fought and the generals who commanded them.

Diverse source material has been consulted in the preparation of this volume, including after-action reports, memoirs and correspondence from officers including Senarmont, Eble, Drouot, Teste, Marmont, and Davout, as well as from lesser-known characters such as the artillerymen Boulart and Nol, and the Polish cavalryman Niegelewski, who led the final dash up the pass of Somosierra. Furthermore, those closest to Napoleon such as Fain and Marchand give their piece and provide invaluable information.

Taken individually, this material paints a vivid picture of the Grande Arme and those who led it into fire. Taken as a whole, it provides an invaluable source and tells the remarkable story of the officers without whom Napoleon could never have achieved as much.

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This is a masterly study of generalship in Napoleon's Grande Armee. Napoleon arguably had the greatest collection of military talent to ever serve one man working for him during the period 1800–15. The role of the Marshals of the Empire has been covered many times, and due credit is also given to them here; however, for the first time Kevin Kiley also examines in depth the contribution of the generals who never made that rank.

About the Author

Kevin Kiley, a life-long student of the Napoleonic period and author of Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars, served for many years as an artillery officer and is currently a history teacher.
Kevin Kiley, a life-long student of the Napoleonic period and author of Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars, served for many years as an artillery officer and is currently a history teacher.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781853677106
Subtitle:
Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles, 1800-1815
Author:
Kiley, Kevin F.
Foreword by:
Graves, Don
Foreword:
Graves, Don
Author:
Graves, Don
Publisher:
Greenhill Books
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Military - Napoleonic Wars
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
World History-Napoleon
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.40x6.62x1.36 in. 1.42 lbs.

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This is a masterly study of generalship in Napoleon's Grande Armee. Napoleon arguably had the greatest collection of military talent to ever serve one man working for him during the period 1800–15. The role of the Marshals of the Empire has been covered many times, and due credit is also given to them here; however, for the first time Kevin Kiley also examines in depth the contribution of the generals who never made that rank.
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