Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Napoleonic Wars (2): The Empires Fight Back 1808-1812 by Todd Fisher maybe I should break down and start a "this week's Osprey" section. In any event this is the essential history title on the French conflict with Austria and the invasion of Russia. I don't know mucha bout the operations against Austria in 1809 so I enjoyed that section. Unlike the title on the Peninsular campaign most of the book is taken up with the military. There are short biographies of Jakob Walter [see my review of his The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier] and General Barclay de Tolly. There are the usual illustrations, maps and charts on every page. There's also a bibliography a little short but still useful.