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Jena Auerstaedt: The Triumph of the Eagle [Hardcover]

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The First Empire was at its height during the Jena--Auerstadt campaign of 1806. The campaign was a classic of Napoleonic tactics, as Marshal Davout held one German army at bay while Napoleon concentrated his forces to defeat the main one. This excellent book combines an informative narrative with paintings of the battles and a superb collection of images of uniforms and equipment from the period---all in color.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.44" Width: 9.21" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   2.29 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Histoire & Collections
ISBN  2915239762  
ISBN13  9782915239768  

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Good overview  Dec 8, 2002
I do not know how difficult it is to find a proper editor these days, but it is clear that this English version of the book was not translated by one born to speak the language. With that out of the way, This book offers rich uniform plates and maps depicting the twin victories over Prussia by Napoleon. Not exactly in-depth, it does claim title to being one of the few dedicated volumes on these battles.
Difficult to read but a joy for the eyes  Apr 15, 2001
I found this book difficult to read. The narrative does not flow smoothly and the structure is awkward (it is a translation). However, the splendid illustrations more than make up for that. In addition to contemporary prints, numerous color uniform plates are provided. Even if you're not into painting miniatures, it is a joy to browse these plates. The production quality of the book is superb. For the illustrations alone, I recommend this book.
Doubtful technical work...  Jan 27, 2001
The reforms of the Prussian army did away with the individual regimental uniform distinctions that had been characteristic since Frederick the Great. I eagerly purchased this work for its many illustrations, as I have been unable to find precise details even in Kling. Unfortunately the illustrations are not very accurate. Problems can be detected even by a novice, simply by noting that the facings of the regiment and its grenadier company are at times depicted with two different colors! Hopefully, the rest of the book is better...
a classic of Napoleonic tactics  Oct 7, 2000
The First Empire was at its height during the Jena-Auerstadt campaign of 1806. The campaign was a classic of Napoleonic tactics, as Marshal Davout held one German army at bay while Napoleon concentrated his forces to defeat the main one.

A complete history of the Napoleonic campaign, featuring alot of magnificent color plates illustrating all of the campaigns, with particular emphasis on the uniforms of the military units and personalities of the Empire.

The magnificent color illustrations by Andre Jouineau make this book a extensive use for any modeller or historians, also show with hundreds of additional color sketches of headgear, buttons, equipment, insignia and alternate garments; includes navy, infantry,how widely most armies of the time have different uniforms. Readers of F.-G. Hourtouille's acclaimed BORODINO will find the same extraordinary detail in this study of Napoleon's 1806 campaign.The evolution of the battle is described with the aid of numerous new color maps.

144 pages, heavily illustrated in color

Pursuit to Destruction  Jun 25, 2000
The Jena/Auerstadt Campaign was the only example during the entire period of the Napoleonic Wars where a defeated army was pursued and hunted down to its near-complete destruction. In just six weeks of fighting, marching, and maneuvering, the tough, veteran Grande Armee, led by its terrible Emperor, completely destroyed the vaunted Prussian Army which had inherited the traditions of the Great Frederick. Except for units in East Prussia, that army was gone.

Dr. Hourtoulle has methodically told that story, and profusely illustrated it, in this visual treat of a book that is one of the most enjoyable just to look at in my Napleonic library. Both sides are equally represented, and there are reproductions of the superb Girbal plates that vividly punctuate and illustrate the straightforward narrative.

Units, bands, colors, artillery pieces and equipment, all are illustrated in this superb volume. Orders of battle and small biographies, service records, and daata on individuals in the Grande Armee are all throught the narrative, as well as plenty of personality protraits.

What we have been given is a verbal and eye-pleasing treat-all we have to do is take it off the shelf and use it. Highly recommended.


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