Swords Around a Throne
This authoritative, comprehensive, and enthralling book describes and analyzes Napoleon's most powerful weapon—the Grande Armée which at its peak numbered over a million soldiers. Elting examines every facet of this incredibly complex human machine: its organization, command system, logistics, weapons, tactics, discipline, recreation, mobile hospitals, camp followers, and more. From the army's formation out of the turmoil of Revolutionary France through its swift conquests of vast territories across Europe to its legendary death at Waterloo, this book uses excerpts from soldiers' letters, eyewitness accounts, and numerous firsthand details to place the reader in the boots of Napoleon's conscripts and generals. In Elting's masterful hands the experience is truly unforgettable.
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Review: Swords around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande ArmeeUser Review - Jessica Snell - Goodreads
I read only about half of this book That might sound pitiful, but the book is almost 800 pages long. This was novel research for me, and the most fun research I did, I think. Elting peppers his ... Read full review
Review: Swords around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande ArmeeUser Review - Sherwood Smith - Goodreads
Goes into vivid detail about the look of Napoleon's army, and its attitudes and regulations, where it came from, how it viewed itself and was viewed. Read full review