Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871. Volume 1

The Campaign of Sedan. Helmuth von Moltke and the Overthrow of the Second Empire

Quintin Barry

 
Date Published :
September 2011
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
74 b/w illustrations, 18 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781906033453
Pages : 356
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$59.95

Overview
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In the first part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War, Quintin Barry presents a detailed account of the war against the French Imperial Army waged by the armies of the German Confederation, directed by that supreme military mind, Helmuth von Moltke. The author places Moltke and his strategic planning in the context of the European balance of power following the ending of the Austria Prussian War of 1866, before exploring the initial mobilization and deployment of the armies in 1870.

All of the battles of this opening round of the war are described in detail, including Weissenburg, Worth, Spicheren, Borny-Colombey, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte, Beaumont and, of course, Sedan. The book ends as the Second Empire of Napoleon III lies defeated, crushed by the German armies directed by von Moltke. The author has made full use of an extensive number of German and French language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided.

About The Author
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Quintin Barry is a solicitor and retired Employment Judge. He has also held a wide varirty of offices in both the public sectors, including the NHS and local radio. Following a lifelong interest in military and naval history, he is the author of a number of books in both fields. These include an acclaimed two volume history of the Franco Prussian War of 1870-1871; a history of the Austro Prussian War of 1866; and the first modern history of the Russo Turkish War of 1877-1878. He has also written a number of books of naval history, including a well reviewed account of the war in the North Sea in 1914-1918.

REVIEWS
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"…stands along side those of Howard and Wawro for anyone with a serious interest in the Franco- Prussian War, the two armies involved or the development of the twentieth centuries way of war"

- The NYMAS Review, Autumn 2007

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