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Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age 1792– - 1815: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics

Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age 1792– - 1815: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by Iain Dickie,Kevin Kiley,Michael F. Pavkovic,Frederick C. Schneid,Robert B. Bruce

ISBN10: 0312375875
ISBN13: 978-0312375874
Author: Iain Dickie,Kevin Kiley,Michael F. Pavkovic,Frederick C. Schneid,Robert B. Bruce
Book title: Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age 1792– - 1815: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (April 15, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Military
Size PDF: 1887 kb
Size ePub: 1731 kb
Size Fb2: 1198 kb
Rating: 4.8/5
Votes: 833
Pages: 256 pages

Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age 1792– - 1815: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by Iain Dickie,Kevin Kiley,Michael F. Pavkovic,Frederick C. Schneid,Robert B. Bruce

Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic World explores the tactics and strategy required to win battles with the technology available during the Napoleonic period (1789-1815), and points out how the development of such weapons technology changed the face of the battlefield. Divided into five sections it highlights:

- Individual components of the armies: the foot soldier, the cavalryman and the artilleryman, the equipment they wore and used, and how they fought together.

- Technology change, the emergence of military professionalism, and the impact these changes had on the battlefield.

- How units were used together on the battlefield, and strategic positioning of battle units.

- Specialist techniques and equipment developed for artillery.

- Naval warfare, from the ships in which the men fought to the weapons they carried.


This book only focus on all the different troops and techniques involved. To name a few: infantry, cavalry, artillery, siege and naval forces and etc... for detailed information on types of weapons, horses, ships... this book may not be enough. I will probably recommend for an beginner who is interested in Napoleonic history. There are appropriate illustrations of the various battles and weapons which I felt was very good as it improves the understanding easily. Overall I felt the book is printed on cheaper material and information given may disappoint those who are looking for deeper information.

I sought this book as an introduction to the fighting techniques of the Napoleonic era, and was reasonably satisfied. For serious study, however, it is lacking. I am left with quite a few more questions than answers after reading this book. There are several excellent anecdotes concerning the historic personages of the era, but unfortunately the real "meat" of the subject is sadly missing. The battle descriptions are average and the maps downright confusing (they mix colors from battle to battle). The battles are meant as illustrations of the techniques described in the chapters, but they come off as loosely related and do not adequately convey the intended lesson. Perhaps I was searching for something a bit more scholarly.

I found this so useful I bought the rest of the series. It is filled with good information, graphics, and very useful maps/battle plans. Does a great job covering the techniques, tactics, technology, and history of the time period.

I have recently bought this book along with a couple of Osprey on British and French infantry tactics during Napoleonic wars.

Put it very briefly, get this book instead of the Ospreys. It covers not only infantry, cavalry, artillery but also naval warfare. The book gives numerous lively examples and accounts about the different achievements of each arm. One can find numerous battles explained with maps, each detailing the successes of a particular use of cavalry, artillery or infantry.

This little book does extremely well in its own modest and pedagogical way what others more convoluted writings fail to achieve: inspire!

As a conclusion: a well written and engaging entry level book. Happy with it and will read it again with pleasure.

I have read critiques about the books in this collection being too shallow, but I find it interesting. Of course, I would like to know more about the subject, but this is a quite good introduction for a period of warfare of which I knew practically nothing. I plan to get all the titles in the series.

This book was a major disappointment for me, I was expecting more detail and while it is a nice overview it definitely belongs in the entry level category.

This is one of my very favorite books on the Napoleonic wars. It is not a complete history of Napoleon's campaigns like David Chandler's epic volume is, it just explains how armies fought during the era. I would highly recommend that students read this book before tackling the Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler, or most any other book on the Napoleonic wars for that matter.
The book is divided into five chapters marked: infantry, mounted warfare, command and control, artillery, and naval warfare. At the beginning of each chapter there are introductory pages that give you an overview of the topic followed by an analysis of several battles that best illustrate the concepts presented at the beginning. For example, the chapter on infantry techniques covers Rivoli, Auerstadt, Maida, and Waterloo. There are a number of sidebars explaining how soldiers were armed and outfitted, the general character of the soldiers, etc. The iconography is just beautiful with many stunning pictures in full color. The book is perfect for the general reader, you don't have to have a degree from West Point to understand it. What makes this book really extraordinary is that, unlike most books on Napoleon,..... wait for it...... wait for it...... The Maps Are Excellent! I mean seriously, the maps are superb. Every important maneuver is clearly marked and numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. Pinch Me! The maps are in full color showing the character of the terrain involved and you can clearly follow all of the action. It is really cool. This is about the best way to explain battlefield maneuvers without having a video simulation. All Napoleonic authors should take note: this is what maps should look like! This is how you do it!
Just as a side note, there are a couple of other things about this book that are really neat. If you want to know how Marshal Davout beat the Prussians in 1806 and what was so amazing about his achievement this book really explains it. I really like the chapter on siege warfare and the explanations of what occurred during the siege of Hamburg (again featuring the amazing Davout) and the siege of Badajoz. The section on naval warfare is also really good and even features a section on naval warfare on the Great Lakes during the war of 1812. So in all, this is a really wonderful book and I can't imagine any student of military history being disappointed with it.