Napoleon as Military Commander
Whether as a general or a statesman, the two decades of Napoleon's maturity, from the triumphant invasion of Italy to the final defeat at Waterloo, were years of extraordinary achievement. Almost as remarkable as the victories were the disasters at Trafalgar, in the Iberian Peninsuala, in Russia and at Leipzig which the Imperial forces survived. James Marshall-Cornwall here analyzes Napoleon as military commander. Since, however, strategy and statecraft were as closely intertwined in Napoleon's career as in that of Oliver Cromwell, it is impossible to consider his generalship in complete isolation.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 136.7 x 215.4 x 26.7mm | 381.02g
- 01 Nov 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 24 b&w illustrations, 8 maps
Table of contents
The formative years 1769-1792; the military legacy inherited by Napoleon; baptism of fire 1793-1795; the lightning strikes 1796; the conquest of Lombardy 1796; Rivoli and the conquest of Venetia 1797; the Egyptian adventure 1798-99; the consulate and Marengo 1800; consulate to empire 1800-1805; Ulm and Austerlitz 1805; the Jena campaign 1806; Poland and East Prussia 1806-1807; apogee of an empire 1807-1808; second campaign in the Danube Valley 1809; war on two fronts 1810-1812; the beginning of the end 1813; at bay 1814; Elba to Waterloo 1814-1815.
About Sir James Marshall-Cornwall
General Sir James Marshall-Cornwall (1887-1985) served on Field-Marshall Haig's Staff in the First World War and played an active part in WWII, in charge of Western Command 1941-1942 and subsequently working with the SOE and MI6. He spoke two dozen languages, was President of the Royal Geographical Society and his other books include 'Marshal Massena' (OUP), an autobiography 'Wars and Rumours of Wars', and 'Haig as Military Commander', to be in Penguin Classic Military History in Sepember 2002.