Item description for 1814: The Campaign of France (Great Battles of the First Empire) by F. G. Hourtoulle...
Montmirail, Champaubert, Reims, Laon, Craonne, Montereau, Paris---each of these names is synonymous of tumultuous victories and heroic fighting. Each is them is also a sign of the genius of Napoleon as a military leader, and a testimony of the sacrifice accepted by the men who followed him on the battlefields. In this new book, the author surveys the whole campaign of France, stating facts and explaining the opponents' views. And, in the now famous third part of the book, they introduce us to the main actors of the drama: marshals and generals, but also the obscure, ordinary NCOs and privates of Napoleon's army. And, as usual in this series, the intricately detailed color plates by Andr Jouineau render the richness and diversity of the uniforms of all armies involved in the Emperor's most dashing campaign.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.52" Width: 9.29" Height: 0.71" Weight: 3.04 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Histoire & Collections
ISBN 2915239568 ISBN13 9782915239560
Reviews - What do customers think about 1814: The Campaign of France (Great Battles of the First Empire)?
A decent reference for Uniforms & Orders of Battle Jul 11, 2008
For those who are not familiar with this Napoleonic series by Hourtoulle, it should be noted that although the different books are titled by the name of the battle/campaign (Wagram, Borodino, Jena, Austerlitz, etc.), these books primarily focus on the individual units which were present and engaged at the battle. There is decent information regarding the battle itself with some detail and there are plenty of maps and pictures of the battle........As I mentioned though, these books mainly focus on the individual forces that were present. The listed troop formations are broken-down from Corps, to Division, Brigade and finally Regiment. SOME info regarding the history and participation of each regiment is provided as well as SOME of the officers within the regiment and SHORT descriptions as to their fate. Although the info about each regiment is limited, I still found it interesting and helpful. As it was originally translated from French to English, there are some mistakes within the content and usage of words; but nothing too frequent.....It should also be noted that the unit descriptions are far more detailed regarding the French Forces than the Allied Forces.......There are TONS of uniform plates which are all in color. This book provides a very good look at the uniforms worn by the different units present at the battle. All in all, it is a VERY, VERY COLORFUL work and I found it pleasing to read. It is not a complicated book at all and much of the info within is fairly basic. This book should be used primarily as a REFERENCE SOURCE for uniforms and orders of battle.
So many errors... Jun 11, 2008
I have all the books in the series and I too agree that the Uniform Color Plates are why most of us buy these books I guess. The information within the pages could also be useful, but these books would very much benefit from a better proof read. If they would just contact a native English speaking Napoleonic history buff to proof read the pages before going to print, I think that would help alot. I give this book the lowest rating due to all the errors including some pretty obvious errors. For example, on page 167, a sergeant of the 27th foot is mis-labeled as "95th Rifle Regiment", and what is even more disturbing is the gross error on page 76. Both diagrams incorrectly show the troop positions for the battle of Craonne. Either because of a printing error (troop positions are offset about one inch to high) or the person who created the diagram didn't read their history books. Overall, it's a shame that this book has obvious errors within its pages that could have easily been fixed with a good proof read, because the 1813 and 1814 campaigns are some of the more interesting campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars. The uniform color plates are still very nice. Just wish this company would work on proofing the material a bit better.
Beautiful Book Nov 22, 2006
This book is in a word "gorgeous". That said bear in mind that you are purchasing more of a reference book than a history book persae.
To explain that statement a bit more...the book does contain the written history of the events of the campaign for France, however, the book's worth is in the paintings reproduced as well as the detailed study of military uniform of this era.
If you are one that enjoys studying Napoleonic military uniforms (and they are gorgeous), then you will love this book. If you are looking for the history of the period, there are better books. All that said, this book would do well on a Napoleonic fan's bookshelf.
Beautiful Sep 5, 2006
One of the most beautiful books I have owned. Rich with colour, uniform plates, maps and a host of rarely seen paintings and prints. The author has gone to painstaking detail to bring to life the complexities of this 'little' campaign and to highlight the amazing military achievements of Napoleon and his little Army in 1814. Quotes from many French historians and diarists seen for the first time in English make this book one of the most refreshing reads for a Napoleonic Wars buff in years. Unfortunately, a Chinaman did the translation from French to English and the clumsy prose may create some confusion for those without prior knowledge of Napoleonic Warfare. Thankfully, for me the words add a certain Frenchness and authenticity to the work, as I can almost here Monsieur Hourtouille saying 'Napoleon's... how do you say?...cavalry?... charged the Allied cannons.' Beautiful and a must have for the Napoleonic tragic.
SUPERB SUPERB AND SUPERB! Jan 4, 2006
1814 is a wonder!
tell me: WHERE CAN YOU GET IN THE SAME BOOK INFO ABOUT THE FRENCH, RUSSIAN, AUSTRIAN, PRUSSIAN AND EVEN BRITISH AND PORTUGUESE AND SPANISH! UNIFORMOLOGY!!!!
AND FOR THOSE SILLY REVIEWERS OF OTHER BOOKS FROM THIS MAGNIFICENT SERIES NOT A SINGLE MANGLED PAGE...
AND YES THERE IS A PRINTING MISTAKE IN THE SAME PAGE YOU CAN SEE THE 95TH RIFLES AND 95TH LINE WITH THE SAME TITLE... WELL IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BE ALBERT EINSTEIN TO DEDUCE WHICH ONE IS THE RIFLES!...
YES,I SPOTTED IT FIRST THEN YOU... NOW GO AND SAY IT'S ONLY ONE STAR BECAUSE OF THAT!