The Victory That Placed the Crown of France on Napoleon's Head
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On 14 June 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte fought his first battle as French head of state at Marengo in northern Italy. Unexpectedly attacked, Napoleon’s army fought one of the most intense battles of the French Revolutionary Wars. Forced to retreat, and threatened with encirclement, Napoleon saved his reputation with a daring counterattack, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. This battle consolidated Napoleon’s political position and placed the crown of France within his reach.
Meticulously researched using memoirs, reports and regimental histories from both armies, Marengo casts new light on this crucial battle and reveals why Napoleon came so close to defeat and why the Austrians ultimately threw their victory away. With the most detailed account of the battle ever written, the author focuses on the leading personalities in the French and Austrian camps, describing the key events leading up to the battle, and the complex armistice negotiations which followed. For the first time, the author exposes the full story of Carlo Gioelli, the enigmatic Italian double agent who misled both armies in the prelude to battle.
What can you say about this book? I think this time I can keep it short because it is a fantastic book around one of Napoleon’s most famous victories of his career. The French and Austrian espionage is also covered, which is overlooked in many other books. Clear maps with all the stages of the battle, general overview maps and beautiful images, register and index complete the book. I highly recommended this book!The New Royalty World Blog
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T. E. Crowdy’s Marengo is not a novel but an excellent factual account. However he fills out the facts with detail and evocative descriptions which grip the reader as a good novel should... This is a book has both story and information it can be both studied and enjoyed. We highly recommend it to all levels of readership.Clash of Steel
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... Purchase nonetheless recommended, if only to follow the exploits of the consular guard!VaeVictis, November/December 2018