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ISBN: 0816025479
Author: Philip J. Haythornthwaite
Language: English
Publisher: Facts on File; First Edition edition (March 1, 1991)
Pages: 414
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.3
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This book is the perfect information source for anyone interested in wargaming or the reinacting of early 19th century warfare.

This book is the perfect information source for anyone interested in wargaming or the reinacting of early 19th century warfare. 3 people found this helpful.

I found this 'Napoleonic Source Book' to be a good and useful overview of the Napoleonic Wars. Haythornthwaite has divided the book into 7 sections. The first 60 pages are a brief descriptions of all the campaigns from the French Revolution to the end of Waterloo. And brief is the operative word - there isn't much space to go into explanatory detail here.

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A comprehensive account of the Napoleonic wars examines military strategies, tactics, weaponry, and leading military and naval figures

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Swordsong
Great reference
Hellmaster
It is what it is, a good source book.
ChallengeMine
I recently discovered this author's excellent "source book" on World War I, which was published two years after this one, so this is obviously the model for the series. (Or it would be a "series" if he would do any more of them -- which I wish he would.) While my knowledge of the history of the Great War was rather thin, however, I know a good deal about the war between France and the Allies between 1792 and 1815, so I feel better able to judge in this case. And I'm pleased to say the author has again brought together a huge amount of information on a very large subject, and in which he is an acknowledged authority -- though he tends to run the details of military uniform into the ground. As with the World War I book, there are seven major sections. "The Campaigns" is a straightforward chronological survey of events, principal players, diplomacy, and changing grand strategy. The section on weapons and "minor tactics" (familiar to officers in the field from every participating nation) is an excellent survey of the musket, carbine, saber, lance, and the many forms of artillery in use, as well as the principal functions of the main military branches -- infantry, cavalry, artillery, and commissariat. The next section (the longest of the book) considers each nation and state that took part, from France, Britain, and Russia -- which, naturally, have the longest articles -- to minor players like Anhalt, Berg, Norway, Venice, and the United States. This includes artificial constructs like the Ligurian and Cisalpine Republics. A section of forty-odd biographical sketches covers both the great leaders (like Wellington) and the disastrous ones (like Murat). Finally, the author surveys the most important sources on the period, both memoires by participants and standard histories of later date. A section of "Miscellanea" sorts out the various conflicting calendars and systems of measurement, as well as outlining the British and French military budgets. The emphasis throughout is on land warfare, with the war at sea getting only a brief mention -- but this is okay because there are a great many other sources available on the Royal Navy's virtual control of the seas. This is a great book for browsing and the numerous anecdotes and quotes from soldiers' accounts liven things up considerably.
Painshade
I found this 'Napoleonic Source Book' to be a good and useful overview of the Napoleonic Wars.
Haythornthwaite has divided the book into 7 sections. The first 60 pages are a brief descriptions of all the campaigns from the French Revolution to the end of Waterloo. And brief is the operative word - there isn't much space to go into explanatory detail here. I find it useful - my interest is predominantly in the Peninsular War but I know very littleof the other French campaigns.
The second chapter is on the weapons and practice of War. I know this is a somewhat controversial issue. I did find Rory Muir's book a lot more convincing on this subject - but then he was a lot longer.
Haythornthwaite then tries to do a very difficult thing, he has a chapter on the nations involved in the war, dozens of them from grand countries like Prussia and Russia to tiny backwaters like Piedmont and Reuss. You can see the potential problems when everything from uniforms to structure is tried to be explained.
The three sections I like best are next. He has one with potted biographies of the main players in the war - a great starting point I think. He also has a section on the sources he used for this - I don't know about you but I love bibliographies and his has some wonderful new books I hadn't come across before, and finally a section on miscellanea which I have found very helpful - from various calendars and colours to artillery tables.
I think this is a highly ambitious project and Haythornthwaite has done a pretty good job of it.
Visonima
It is not a definitive end all book, it is however an excellent summary intro book with some depth. It will give you an understanding of the periods/phases of the war, the armies involved, some politics and some unit descriptions. All in all this has been the most useful book to give a general understanding of the period and the dynamics that existed at that time.
Cherry The Countess
This book proves that Philip J. Haythornthwaite has done a great deal of research in the past on military tactics and oganization during the Napoleonic wars. This book is the perfect information source for anyone interested in wargaming or the reinacting of early 19th century warfare.

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