Napoleon's Greatest Gamble
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Marengo, 1800 by Dave Hollins
Book DescriptionOsprey's study of the campaign at Marengo in 1800 during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Having returned from Egypt and seized power as First Consul, Napoleon led the Army of the Reserve against the Austrian Army besieging Genoa. After a period of skirmishing and manoeuvring, Melas, the Austrian commander, launched a surprise attack on the morning of 14 June. The attack initially drove the French back to Marengo village and, despite committing the Consular Guard, by 3pm the French were retreating. Believing he had won, the wounded Melas left the field to his Chief-of-Staff, Zach. The timely arrival of Desaix's Division led by Kellerman's cavalry and the 9e Legere threw the Austrians into confusion, turned the battle in Napoleon's favour, thus securing his position as First Consul. It could have been very different."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855329652
(250mm x 187mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Austrian Napoleonic Artillery 1792-1815, Paperback (May 2003)View all books by Dave Hollins
This title covers the renowned Lichtenstein system, which produced some of the most successful artillery of the Napoleonic Wars. It details the most successful tactics used, tactics previously thought to have been created by Napoleon himself.
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Author Biography - Dave Hollins
David Hollins was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1962. After graduating from University College London, he trained as a maritime solicitor and began his career in commercial shipping. He is a frequent contributor to specialist Napoleonic magazines and has written a number of books related to the Imperial Army and Archduke Charles. His previous work for Osprey includes MAA 299 Austrian Auxiliary Troops 1792-1816, and Warrior 24 Austrian Grenadiers and Infantry 1788-1816.
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