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Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (Campaigns and Commanders Series) Hardcover – April 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806133996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806133997
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“No other book in English . . . discusses the two campaigns conducted by Napoleon in North Germany . . . in as much scope.”Journal of Military History

About the Author

Michael V. Leggiere is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Military History Center, University of North Texas, and author of Napoleon & Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (OU Press, 2002), and The Fall of Napoleon, Vol. I: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-181 (Cambridge, 2007).


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Casey on September 23, 2014
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In general I found Napoleon and Berlin met or exceeded my expectations. There are several things I look for in a book on military history. Maps are one requirement and there are plenty of good maps on hand – some are taken from older historical texts and are a bit hard to read but overall there are more than enough to help the narrative along. Another thing I look for are the references/bibliography and footnotes. Here again there is a fine set of notes with an extensive bibliography. These are two big pluses.

There are two other items that I wish were included – a set of Order of Battles to cover the various organizations mentioned in the text and a timeline. Both are not present but are not necessary to the flow of the text and the points the author is making.

Campaigns and battles do not occur in a vacuum. Too often space and time limit the narrative and force “minor” events to the sidelines where they are ignored or only summarized. A really good history will focus on the oft ignored and present a fresh new look at events. Napoleon and Berlin does just that and this elevates the book to its 5 star rating.

I won’t go into the details but I will say this is a look at part of the 1813 War of the 6th Coalition that has been ignored for a long time. You will get to see how Prussia transitioned into war and the difficulties of mobilizing the Army, Landwehr and the Reserves. Also presented are the French actions to seize Berlin and the problems the various allied commands had working together.

I was pleased with the book – it nicely fills a gap in the published information covering the 1813 campaigns in Germany.
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