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by David G. ed. CHANDLER

eBook Napoleon's Marshals. epub
  • ISBN: 0297791249
  • Author: David G. ed. CHANDLER
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: See notes; 2nd printing edition (1987)
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • ePUB size: 1354 kb
  • FB2 size 1442 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Few military careers have rivalled the drama of those 26 officers who became Napoleon's marshals. First published in 1987.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Hardcover – Import, 1987. by David . ed. CHANDLER (Author).

The Campaigns of Napoleon and other books on the Napoleonic era. David Geoffrey Chandler (15 January 1934 – 10 October 2004) was a British historian whose study focused on the . 1987 – Napoleon's Marshals (e. David Geoffrey Chandler (15 January 1934 – 10 October 2004) was a British historian whose study focused on the Napoleonic er. .As a young man he served briefly in the army, reaching the rank of captain, and in later life he taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Oxford University awarded him the D. Litt. 1987 – The Military Maxims of Napoleon (e.

To be sure, every operation Napoleon conducted contained unique improvisatory features. To clarify these underlying methods, as well as the style of Napoleon's fabulous intellect, Mr. Chandler examines in detail each campaign mounted and personally conducted by Napoleon, analyzing the strategies employed, revealing wherever possible the probable sources of his subject's military ideas.

Napoleon's Marshals book. David G. Chandler was a British historian whose study focused on the Napoleonic era. An authoritative guide to the Marshalls of Napoleon's Empire  . As a young man he served briefly in the army, reaching the rank of captain, and in later life he taught at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1987. The first definitive and comprehensive view of Napoleon's marshals. Here are portraits of the twenty-six men who fought at Napoleon's side ISBN: 0029059305 (Marshals, France, Biography, Napoleonic Wars). Large 8vo. 560 pages.

Profiles the twenty-six men who fought at Napoleon's side and analyzes their contributions to the battles that reshaped the map of the world. Liczba stron: 560. ISBN 10: 0029059305. ISBN 13: 9780029059302.

Napoleon's Military Maxims - David G. Chandler. by David G. Chandler

Napoleon's Military Maxims - David G. General introduction. The old saying about every soldier having a marshal’s baton in his knapsack has thus taken on an unexpected modern meaning.

In hardcover, which is the recommended version to get, it is also very, very heavy. Napoleon's Marshals takes an in-depth look at the lives and careers of the 26 army commanders who helped make the French army the almost-unbeatable force it became. Each marshal gets a chapter to himself - written by one of 26 different authors - and that includes a chronology, a portrait, maps and a very detailed look at their careers and lives.

Comments: (7)
For any study of Napoleon's impact on history this is a must read...The bios are fascinating and writ with intelligence and clarity...I found myself referencing several other studies of Napoleon's engagements and comparing the actions taken by individual Marshals with their bios and discovered hitherto unknown motivations ( at least to me ) that influenced their decisions...Highly recommend to anyone interested in Napoleonic history...
Steamy Ibis
The best book on Napoleon's Marshals that I have read and I have several.
well written and informative
Dated. Seeing Napoleon in a more favolrable light I felt the authors did not. Biased I suppose. Especially disappointed with the Ney chapter. More of a quick reference book then others I have read. This was the first read on Napoleon's Marshals I read. There are better.
Nobody rises to the top, let alone conquers most of Europe, all by himself so it is natural that students of Napoleon find the great commander's subordinates to be of great interest. With that in mind, this book, edited by the great David Chandler, is the best single volume study of Napoleon's marshals. In my review I will try to explain a little more than the other reviewers about why this book is so interesting.

First of all, as others have said, this book is an anthology with each chapter written by a different expert. They present a brief biography of the marshal followed by a short summary of that commander's signature battle. The reader really does come to understand each marshal as both a man and as a commander. The book is easy to read; each chapter can be digested in about 15 minutes, and one does not have to be a West Point graduate in order to understand the material. Here is a brief rundown of the chapters that are particularly noteworthy:

Davout- David Chandler's chapter on the iron marshal does not provide any new information that a veteran of Napoleonic studies would not know already. Contrary to popular opinion, Davout was not infallible and Chandler explains how he failed during the Russian retreat, which caused Napoleon to cool towards him. I was hoping Chandler would provide insight into why the marshal was given the wasteful task of defending Hamburg instead of being sent to take Berlin.

Berthier- this chapter is much different from the others, more like a character study or psychological profile. I learned a lot about the man but I wish the book would've provided more insight into what it was like to be a Chief of Staff, what he did on a daily basis.

St Cyr- a very informative chapter. He appears to have possessed brilliant strategic and tactical gifts, which were wasted because he was so hotheaded and made many dumb political moves. I often wonder how he would've done against Wellington in 1810 if given the chance.

Suchet- quite a lengthy chapter that gives great insight into this underrated marshal and how he pacified parts of Spain through his strategic ability yes, but also through his civility and incredible administrative talent.

Ney-like the chapter on Davout this one provides no new revelations but does provide excellent details. I feel there should have been more written about his great defeat at Dennewitz. Perhaps Ney, for all his faults, should have been given command of the army of Portugal because most of his decisions were correct and Massena was incorrect and had to go back to Ney's original idea in the first place. Ney was a great subordinate and the book shows that his biggest failures are probably more Napoleon's fault than his. If the Emperor had kept him better informed of his strategic goals and given better instructions at Bautzen and Quatre Bras things would've been much different.

Soult- Paddy Griffith gives an excellent account of why Soult was actually an extremely poor general who let France down badly.

Augereau- one of the best chapters in the book by the incomparable Col. John R Elting. This marshal was an extremely complex character and the Colonel does a fantastic job of explaining how valuable the proud bandit was during the early Italian campaigns. This marshal falls off the radar a little bit after the battle of Eylau, but this chapter explains what became of him and his sad ending.

If you are interested in some of Napoleon's lesser known marshals the book will I'm sure tell you what you need to know. But all around, the book is filled with many interesting tidbits that I'm sure will delight any student of Napoleon. For example, I did not know that a scathing letter exists from Napoleon to marshal Marmont telling him that his baton was bestowed out of friendship and not out of skill! Ouch! Many people believe marshal Jourdan was incompetent but this book explains how he was actually one of the most talented. Massena's follies in Spain are well documented but one cannot help but feel sorry for the man since he was clearly in ill health and suffering from PTSD after 1809. The chapter on Bessieres was great because it explains how this marshal was not to blame for the defeat at Fuentes d' Onoro. James Arnold's short but excellent chapter on marshal Victor sheds light on this very talented commander who perhaps should have been used more. After reading the chapter I'm still not sure if Victor was the hero or the goat at Talavera. The chapter on marshal MacDonald was a little disappointing because it did not explain all what happened at the Katzbach. Since this was MacDonald's only independent command there should've been a lot more information. Anyway, I hope my review will entice you to buy the book because it really is excellent.
France's World War I leader, Georges Clemenceau, said, "La guerre est une chose trop grave pour être confiée à des militaires," which has has been translated into pithier English as "War is too important to be entrusted to generals." Is the history of Napoleon's marshals too important to be entrusted to military historians?

The answer is no, if the historians' less-than-lyrical prose is read in tandem with a version by a great literary stylist. That two-pronged attack is doable for English language readers, thanks to two worthy collective biographies.

I recommend starting with R.F. Delderfield's, "Napoleon's Marshals," first published in 1966 and still in print. Delderfield, who died in 1972, was one of England's greatest historical novelists. He also wrote some fine histories of the Napoleonic period. His account of the marshals' lives brings the era and these exceptional soldiers to life in portraits by a master story teller.

"Napoleon's Marshals, 1987, edited by David Chandler is a reference-style tome written by military historians, including Chandler, who did the chapter on Davout. Chandler, who died in 2004, was head of the War Studies Department at Sandhurst, which is credential enough. (The book jacket blurb writer called him "perhaps the greatest living authority on Napoleon." Memo to publishers: If you gotta qualify something like that with a flabby "perhaps," you should drop the whole phrase and let the resume speak for itself). Like all group projects, some submissions are better than others. Some are wooden. Some leave the reader wishing for more insights into a marshal's character. On the plus side, each chapter ends with an analysis of the subject's greatest battle, with appropriate maps. And there are footnotes to guide the serious reader.

Chandler is meat and potatos. Delderfield is dessert. A good meal should have both.
Chandler and the various authors have compiled a compelling collection of the biographies of the 26 Marshals of the Empire. These were Napoleon's lieutenants and a greater variety of men one will never find. From the brilliant Davout, Suchet and Lannes to the brave Ney and Oudinot to the loathsome Bernadotte and pillaging Massena. All great men in their own way and certainly worth reading about. A book well worth adding to the collection. Amazon's site says the hardcover is out of print yet I have seen a new softcover version making its appearance.
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