1809 Thunder on the Danube
Volume 3: Napoleon’s Defeat of the Habsburgs: Wagram and Znaim
Imprint: Frontline Books
584 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5 in, 32 black and white illustrations, 43 maps, 16 charts & tables
- May 2014
- In Stock
- June 2010
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
Second only in scale to the slaughter at Leipzig in 1813, Wagram saw more than 320,000 men and 900 guns locked in two days of fury that ended with an Austrian retreat. The defeat, however, was not complete: Napoleon had to force another engagement before Charles would accept a ceasefire. The battle at Znaim, its true importance often not acknowledged, brought an extended armistice that ended with a peace treaty signed in Vienna.
Gill uses an impressive array of sources in an engaging narrative covering both the politics of emperors and the privations and hardship common soldiers suffered in battle. Enriched with unique illustrations, forty maps, and extraordinary order-of-battle detail, this work concludes an unrivalled English-language study of Napoleon’s last victory.
“…sheds new light on well-known stages in the battle…he has covered more than just an epochal battle in a magnificent book that will satisfy the most avid enthusiasts of Napoleonic era military history. ~Foundation Napoleon
“…very impressive piece of work and is unlikely to be surpassed…one of the best examples of traditional Military History you will find, and will be a value to an academic audience and of great interest to a more general audience. A very impressive achievement and a very valuable guide to Napoleon’s last victory.” ~History of War
“The text is well-written and entertaining, the maps are generally excellent, portraits of many of the commanders are provided, and there are extensive OOBs for Wagram and Znaim. This is an example of how history should be written. Highly recommended.” ~The Miniatures Page