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Napoleon’s Campaign In Poland 1806-1807 (ePub)

From Stalemate to Victory: The Battles of Eylau, Heilsberg and Friedland

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By David G Chandler, F Loraine Petre
Frontline Books
Series: The Napoleonic Library
File Size: 7.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781784380151
Published: 15th May 2001


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After Napoleon’s humiliation of Prussia, on the battlefield at Jena, the French Emperor turned his attention to subduing his Russian foe and marched into Poland in the winter of 1806. Six months later, the Russians had been beaten and brought to the peace table and Napoleon was at the height of his powers.

In his detailed study of this remarkable episode of Napoleonic history, F. Loraine Petre follows every move of the campaign. He assesses the defeat of Prussia, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of both Napoleon’s army and that of his Russian opponents, details the bloody battle of Eylau and describes Napoleon’s crushing victory over the Russians at Friedland.

F. Loraine Petre’s campaign studies are renowned for their scope, detail and clarity, and Napoleon's Campaign in Poland, is a brilliant overview of Napoleon’s vaunted army confronting some of its most worthy opponents at a time when Napoleon dominated Europe.

This work details all aspects and phases of Napoleon’s defeat of Russian forces
in Poland. It gives background on events leading to the campaign against
Russia and provides details on the leaders and provisions of the French and
Russian armies. The book describes the physical environment, climate, and
weather during the period, then chronicles the various campaigns. B&w
historical illustrations and maps are included. The book was first published
in 1901 by Sampson Low; it was the first of author Petre’s five studies on the
Napoleonic period to be published. It was later published in a revised edition
in 1907, 1989, and 2001. This reprint is complete and unabridged from the
Greenhill Books edition of 2001.


After Napoleon’s humiliation of Prussia at Jena, he turned his attention to subduing his Russian foe and, in the winter of 1806, marched into Poland. Six months later the Russians had been beaten and forced to seek peace terms – Napoleon was at the height of his powers. First published in 1901, then in 1907, 1989 and 2001 and now again in 2016, this classic study follows the Polish campaign in some detail. The author looks at the defeat of Prussia, analyses the strengths and weaknesses on both the French and Russian armies, describes the inconclusive battle of Eylau (7/8 February 1807) as well as Napoleon’s decisive victory over the Russian forces at Freidland (14 June 1807).

Following an introduction by David Chandler, there is a preface, a list of works and documents consulted and referred to in the footnotes before the extensive text begins. There are 10 illustrations and six maps and the whole is rounded off by an index. F. Loraine Petre is often viewed as a writer of ‘classic’ works on the Napoleonic Wars and this title supports that claim. Whilst enjoying a long publishing history, this new edition from Pen & Sword is a direct reprint of the 2001 edition which featured a new introduction by David Chandler. Another excellent title being made available once more.

Stuart Asquith, Author

This is the latest printing of a well-known and widely published author whose scholarship and easy writing style is still going strong 100 years after he wrote. The Pen and Sword hardback book is an elegant and well produced edition. In summary, this is an excellent book, beautifully produced, and of interest to both the general reader and the expert Napoleonic 'buff' alike. It is most strongly recommended.

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