Book Review:
Napoleon's Commanders (2)

By Philip Haythornthwaite
Artwork by
Patrice Courcelle


Following on the heels of the first of this two-volume examination of France's major military leaders comes Napoleon's Commanders 2 1809-1815.

The book begins with an explanation of Bonaparte's staff and headquarters system and this is extremely helpful in working out who did what in the French army.

Again Philip Haythornthwaite has packed masses of personal information into a small space and has done Napoleonic enthusiasts a great favour in the process.

Instead of having to hunt through numerous books to get info on your favourite military leader of the period you can find the basic information easily and quickly.

In Napoleon's Commanders 2 1809-1815 Haythornthwaite details the lives and military careers of Marshals St Cyr, Grouchy, Jourdan, Macdonald, Marmont, Murat, Ney, Oudinot, Poniatowski, Soult, Suchet; and Generals Beauharnais, Caulaincourt, Edouard Colbert, Drouot, Foy, Gerard, Kellermann, Letort, Rapp; the eminent surgeon Larrey and Napoleon's brothers Jerome and Joseph.

There are 12 pages of colour plates - from the talented Patrice Courcelle - featuring those highlighted and they also have black-and-white portraits.

Like Napoleon's Commanders (1) 1792-1809, this second volume is a must-have for those interested in the men who helped create the Napoleonic legend.

- Richard Moore


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