The Battle of Marengo: The First Victory of the Century (Great Napoleonic Battles)

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9782352503262: The Battle of Marengo: The First Victory of the Century (Great Napoleonic Battles)

On 14 June 1800, during the second Italian campaign, Napoleon narrowly won the battle of Marengo (Piedmont). This famous battle opposed 28,000 French soldiers against 31,000 Austrian soldiers under the command of General Mélas.

At first dominated, the French had to retreat nearly seven miles back. Mélas believing that victory was assured left the command to a subordinate and returned to Alessandria. The adversary’s delay thus allowed Napoleon to concentrate his forces, especially the corps of General Desaix, which would arrive as reinforcement. Around 5:00 in the afternoon, the violent French counterattack forced the Austrians to retreat, claiming the lives of Desaix, undoubtedly the hero of the day.

This great victory leads to the French occupation of Lombardy and above all reinforces the authority of Napoleon in France.

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In summary, it is undoubtedly a great book. The many watercolour prints, battle scenes, paintings, masses of uniform prints and detailed orders of battle, notwithstanding the reservations over the translation and maps, make this a very worthwhile work. One could spend hours just poring over the pictures. It is strongly recommended to both the general reader and the expert . For anyone who wants to recreate the armies of Revolutionary France and Austria at the turn of the 18th Century, this book is a "must have" .
MWBG – May 2015 #385 (Martin Pike)

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About the Author:

Olivier Lapray, a navigating officer in the French Air Force, is also passionate about the First Empire. It is already the author of several books on the subject, including Le Dictionnaire des Officiers de Cuirassiers.

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In summary, it is undoubtedly a great book. The many watercolour prints, battle scenes, paintings, masses of uniform prints and detailed orders of battle, notwithstanding the reservations over the translation and maps, make this a very worthwhile work. One could spend hours just poring over the pictures. It is strongly recommended to both the general reader and the expert . For anyone who wants to recreate the armies of Revolutionary France and Austria at the turn of the 18th Century, this book is a "must have" . -- Martin Pike MWBG Martin Pike 27/04/2015

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