A must buy for Napoleonic fans. The campaign of 1805, detailing the events from the invasion of Austria in October through to the final battle in December. The amount of information is impressive and reads like a well polished story. Many eye witness accounts with some very clear maps that help you follow the campaign and battle in some great detail. At the back of the book is a full order of battle for both sides giving battalion numbers (great for wargamers who are wanting to recreate any part of this campaign).
Dunkirk, Fight to the last manby Hugh Sebag-Montefiore(5*)
From Belgium to Dunkirk did the BEF retreat. They stood when the French ran, they died when the French surrendered. An amazing read, numerous first hand accounts from all ranks of all 3 services. I really can’t say enough to praise this book, It’s a page turner for sure. The detail of the eye witness accounts read like stories from old boys own comics. If you only have a passing interest in WW2 then you must read this account. Many of the actions described could easily be transported to the tabletop to create some fascinating wargames.Hell riders by Terry Brighton(5)*.
The truth about the charge of the light brigade .A fascinating book .Covering the actions of the light brigade during the Crimean war ,this book goes into great depth detailing the events surrounding that fateful charge .Starting in England we get all the background on the main caricatures involved ,mainly raglan ,(look-on) lucan ,cardigan and Nolan . Although the books main aim is to describe the charge it also briefly covers the other actions during the war by the rest of the army .The charge itself is well written and covers the facts that usually get omitted during other accounts of the battle .such as after charging the guns ,those British still mounted (about 200) went on to charge and almost rout the 2500 Russian cavalry in reserve .If like me your planning on getting some of the eureka 18mm Crimean figures then read this book first .Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor.(5).
A superb book covering the battle for Stalingrad .It provides accounts of the events leading up to and after the battle .There are many accounts of small actions that could be created on the table top ,with details of all the units involved .Many eye witness accounts are included from both sides .The helplessness of the situation and the sheer determination of both sides comes to life in a book ,that also explains how the ordinary soldier lived and died in the most extreme conditions. The book ends with a brief description of what happened to the people involved ,from generals to prisoners of war.
Rifles by Mark Urban (5). This was one book i had difficulty putting down .It tells the story of life in Wellingtons army as a green jacket .The book starts in 1809 and tells of the hardship ,comradely and bravery in the 95th rifles .The book goes along way to explain what life on campaign was really like during the Napoleonic wars .Many first hand accounts .
Forgotten voices by Max Arthur (4).The first world war in the form of letters home and personal diaries .Very moving to read about the loss of a generation of young soldiers from their own point of view.
Sharpe's prey by Bernard Cornwell (5). I quite enjoy the whole Sharpe's world that has been created by bernard cornwell .This adventure is set in 1807 during the British expedition to Copenhagen .While reading these books ,it's very easy to picture yourself being there during the Napoleonic wars.
Sharpe's waterloo by Bernard Cornwell (4).Another one of the best from this series.Just another great story that gives the right feel to the waterloo campaign.
Citizen soldiers by Stephen Ambrose (4).This is an account of WW2 ,from the battles in Normandy from June 7th,through to Germanys surrender .It follows American operations from high command down to individual accounts from the front line.
Napoleon and the hundered days by Stephen Coote (5)The story of Napoleon from his return from Elba in 1814,to his imprisonment on St Helena in 1815-1821.It covers both the politics and the military ,and shows how his actions effected most of Europe .The book shows how not only his friends ,but how his enemies reacted and thought about his return to France
Battle by Alessandro Babero(5*) . Waterloo 1815. A factual account of the battle that reads like a novel. Nothing new in the way of facts, but this book is so well written using first hand accounts it reads like a well polished Movie.
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