With Eagles to Glory

Napoleon and his German Allies in the 1809 Campaign

John H. Gill

In 1809, with Napoleon's French troops depleted after the long struggle in the Spanish War, the German troops for the first time played a major role in the center of the battle line. This is an unprecedented study of this year of glory for the German soldiers fighting for Napoleon. They demonstrated tremendous skill, courage, and loyalty.
Date Published :
July 2011
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
Illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848325821
Pages : 534
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$60.00

Overview
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When Napoleon’s Grand Armee went to war against the might of the Habsburg empire in 1809, its forces included more than 100,000 allied German troops. From his earliest imperial campaigns, these troops provided played a key role as Napoleon swept from victory to victory and in 1809 their fighting abilities were crucial to the campaign. With Napoleon’s French troops depleted and debilitated after the long struggle in the Spanish War, the German troops for the first time played a major combat role in the center of the battle line.

Aiming at a union of German states under French protection to replace the decrepit Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon sought to expand French influence in central Germany at the expense of the Austrian and Prussian monarchies, ensuring France’s own security. The campaign Napoleon waged in 1809 was his career watershed. He suffered his first reverse at Aspern. The victory achieved at Wagram was not the knockout blow he had envisaged.

In this epic work, John Gill presents an unprecedented and comprehensive study of this year of glory for the German soldiers fighting for Napoleon, When combat opened they were in the thick of the action, fighting within French divisions and often without any French support at all. They demonstrated tremendous skill, courage and loyalty.

About The Author
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John H. Gill (Jack), a military historian specializing in the Napoleonic era, is the author of With Eagles to Glory and the editor of A Soldier for Napoleon. He has contributed numerous papers to the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era and other academic forums. His latest work is 1809: Thunder on the Danube, just published in March 2008, which is to be the first of three volumes.An associate professor at the Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC, he has also published on military history and contemporary security issues relating to India, Pakistan, and other South Asian countries.A retired US Army colonel, he lives in Virginia, USA with his wife, and their two teenage sons.

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