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Product Details

  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083324
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...documents an elite battalion under Louis XVI, the 9th Light Infantry, which was with Napoleon from the start of his campaign. Motivated by a deep fear of failure, this regiment was to perform unbelievable tasks and spent over a decade following Napoleon on all his campaigns, right up to the end. This story of soldiers who became part of this war machine offers insights on the lives and achievements of these men, and is a top pick for any military history holding."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)

"Full-color reproductions of paintings and uniform illustrations enhance this 416-page, hardcover book. Rather than a straightforward regimental history, this is a dramatic look inside the Napoleonic war machine. I highly recommend this remarkable true story of soldiers who got caught up in Napoleon’s meteoric career as an empire was conquered and then lost."
--Gage Bell, Toy Soldier & Model Figure (March 2013)

“Terry Crowdy's impressive Incomparable: Napoleon's 9th Light Regiment is a fabulous doorway to the goings on in the barracks of one of the French emperor's most highly regarded units. You meet the soldiers and the officers and follow them through their careers and service in Napoleon's army... Above all Incomparable is a terrific tale of the men who took French military power to the heights of conquering most of Europe... I found I become so involved in the men of the 9th that I had to really force myself to put it down. It is a mighty read and I didn't want to finish it.”
--Richard Moore, www.napoleonicguide.com

“...a ripping yarn, very difficult to put down, obviously based on years of very deep research in various archives and collections, which have given the author a very intimate knowledge of the officer corps of the regiment and of its daily routines, operating procedures, strengths and weaknesses. Through the well-woven narrative the reader becomes close to several of the main characters of the regiment, as the progress of the 9th is charted through the subsequent campaigns of 1805, 1806 and 1807, then into Spain. ...fascinatingly readable history... I recommend it thoroughly.”
--Digby Smith, Napoleon Series forum

About the Author

Terry Crowdy is the author of a number of books on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. After participating in the bicentennial celebrations of Napoleon's early battles, Terry Crowdy began extensive research into the daily lives of soldiers of the periods, on land and at sea. In addition he has a keen interest in espionage subjects and has written on a number of 'Secret War' topics including The Enemy Within (2006), and Deceiving Hitler (2008). He lives in Kent and is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington and several other former royal residences.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By glen frakes on November 9, 2012
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wonderfully written and researched,INCOMPARABLE satisfies those who favor the big picture in military history, while richly blending in first person accounts of private soldiers and junior officers in the tumelt and melee of 19th century warfare. I have been a student of the Napoleonic era for more than 40 years but the exploits of the 9th light had escaped my notice until now. without doubt the 9th light, Napoleon's "incomparables" deserve a place in history beside the heroic 14th infantry of the line at Eylau and the immortal Polish light horse at Somasierra.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David P. Wester on December 7, 2012
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I have a lot of books about the Napoleonic era, and most of them are rich in detail and plodding in pace. Page turners they are not. So, it was with great pleasure to find a rare gem that brings to life the great drama and color of the period. This is not only a great addition to anyone's Napoleonic collection, it is the kind of book that sparks these collections to begin with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dharstad on June 11, 2013
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This book covers much of what I had wondered about regarding the daily life and practices in a Napoleonic infantry regiment. It also has some very interesting accounts of famous battles by participants, and remarks regarding various Marshalls and Generals which I found very informative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 08th samurai on April 30, 2013
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Well researched account of one of Napoleon' s most battle hardened regiments. Lively narrative document campaigns, officers, and enlisted alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WAYNE WENDT on January 23, 2013
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EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT A FAN OF THE FRENCH ARMY OF THIS PERIOD THIS BOOK IS FULL OF THE REGULAR MEMBERS OF THE ARMY, INSTEAD OF THE USUAL GENERALS, VIEW POINTS AND FEELINGS. IT IS A FAST AND FUN READ. WELL DOCUMENTED AND RESEARCHED.
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More About the Author

Terry Crowdy is a military history author specialising in the Napoleonic Wars and espionage or 'secret war'. His latest book is 'Napoleon's Infantry Manual', an essential guide to daily life in Napoleon's Grande Armée based on contemporary French instruction manuals and orders.

Previous to this he wrote 'Incomparable', the incredible story of Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment. He edited the popular memoirs of Donald Dean VC, a Kentish hero who fought in both world wars. His espionage titles include 'The Enemy Within', and 'Deceiving Hitler'.

Terry won the 'Best Military Paper' category in the 2014 Napoleon Series Writing Contest.

Terry Crowdy is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House Whitehall, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, and Hillsborough Castle.

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