By Gunther Rothenberg

Автор книги, военный историк подробно описывает историю Наполеоновских войн. Материал представлен преобладающе в военной, а не социальной сфере. Сухой, беспристрастный текст богат тактическими деталями и статистикой, украшенной современными картинами, хорошо разработанными картами, и диаграммами. Действия командующих, главных героев также критически оценены. Огромное внимание уделено личности Наполеона, его сильных и слабых сторон.-Military historian Gunther Rothenberg offers a close account of the Napoleonic Wars during this installment of Cassell's multivolume sequence overlaying the historical past of struggle. The therapy is predominantly army instead of social. The matter-of-fact, dispassionate textual content is wealthy in tactical information and facts, augmented via modern work, well-designed maps, and diagrams. The activities of the protagonists' commanders also are significantly assessed, with a lot consciousness given to Napoleon himself, stressing the facility of his aura yet displaying that his insistence on sole regulate eventually proved a weak spot. considerably, The Napoleonic Wars goals to teach that, faraway from being the tip of an army period, this was once a interval marking the origins of contemporary war. advancements in military association, procedure, and weaponry won from the adventure of over two decades of conflict are steadily defined. the details of Rothenberg's argument, that Napoleonic thoughts persevered to be and that the sheer scale of conflict was once progressive, are summed up within the short epilogue. the majority of the commonly chronological textual content is uncluttered via an excessive amount of hypothesis; military-history buffs will get pleasure from The Napoleonic Wars for its clarity.--

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There followed the battle of Arcola, 15-17 November, three days of hard and confused combat amid marshes, dykes and rivulets. The outcome was still undecided when Alvinczy, with about a quarter of his force out of action, lost his nerve and withdrew. French losses were also severe; nine generals killed in action attested to the intensity of the fight. On 17 November Davidovich finally attacked Rivoli, but now Bonaparte could turn against him and by 19 November the Austrians were in full retreat.

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The outcome of the battle was undecided until General Augerau's division managed to cross the Adige at Albaredo on a pontoon bridge to push in the Austrian line near Arcola. their third relief attempt. Commanded by General Alvinczy, the 30,000-strong 43 THE NAPOLEONIC WARS main column moved west across the Venetian plain on Verona, while Davidovich with about 18,000 men came down the Adige valle~ Alvinczy's advance began on 1 November and, opposed only by Massena and Augereau, advanced to Caldiero, 15 kilometres west of Verona, and on 12 November repulsed a frontal attack by Bonaparte, who had taken command.

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