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Napoleon's conquest of Prussia - 1806 Hardcover – 1907

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: John Lane Company (1907)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00085TTLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
First published in 1907 in the United Kingdom, `Napoleon's Conquest of Prussia 1806' by Loraine Petre is a classic military history of one of Napoleon's great campaigns. The author has written five books on Napoleon and his campaigns and is recognised as one of the pre-eminent military historians of the early twentieth century. In this book, as in the others, he has utilised many first-hand accounts from the various participants to put together an interesting and detailed military study of Napoleons campaign.
This book is his first in the series of five titles published and in over 300 pages of narrative he tells the story of Napoleon's victory at Jena and Marshal Davout's triumph at Auerstadt on the 14th of October, 1806. The book then follows Napoleon's three-week relentless pursuit of the defeated Prussian forces in a classic military movement to destroy the armed might of Prussia once and for all. At the end of the campaign two-thirds of the Prussian army had been killed or made prisoner and four-fifths of Prussia was under Napoleon's control.
Bearing in mind that the book was written at the start of the twentieth century the style of writing contained in the narrative takes a little bit of getting use to but once you have adjusted to that period of time you find you are reading a classic military study. The book is supplied with three large fold-out maps to follow the different stages of the campaign and a number of black and white plates are also provided in the centre of the book.
Overall this is an interesting and enjoyable account of Napoleon's Prussian campaign of 1806 and as one previous reviewer has mentioned it makes a good starting point for further reading. For myself I enjoyed the book so much that I intend to read all five of the author's work.
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Format: Hardcover
With this book Petre can be credited with having written a solid work on the subject matter. The book is a detailed and I feel throughly researched piece that more than covers the essentials of Napoleons 1806 Prussian adventure. It is a great starting point for people who already have a reasonable knowledge of the Napoleonic era to delve deeper into the Prussian war of 1806. Despite the books richness of information, it is not engaging to those who do not have a great interest in the subject and is very dry, factual, and to the point. It shows small signs of bias at several points, but these can be easily overlooked and scoffed away. They do not take away from the historial value of the book. To conclude, Petres work is well done and recommended to those willing to read this dry if not mundane book.
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Review of the Book: "Napoleon's Conquest of Prussia" is a very interesting read. Petre provides the reader with an in depth look at how Napoleon defeated Prussia and began to prepare his invasion of Poland. Petre begins his book outlining the opposing armies and their differences in command structure. Then he moves on to detail the campaign, from how Napoleon managed to have war declared on him to the surrender of the last Prussian forces. In writing this book, Petre split the campaign into two segments, Before Jena and After Jena. The first segment is not that long. Both Jena and Auerstädt receive their own chapters and each battle is well explained. The book moves quickly, almost as quickly as the Prussian forces after their defeat. For a new person who is not familiar with this campaign there is a whole list of characters that must be kept up with. I have seen some other reviewers of Petre speaking of how his writing style is old fashioned and can take some getting used to. With this book, I do not see that problem. Anyone interested in this campaign should read this book.

Review for Kindle: Due to the Kindle format, the maps could not be included which is why I docked the book a star. Without a map to reference, at times keeping up with who is where was a little challenging. Also some of the pictures show up grainy, but that could be my device. The translation from page to Kindle is pretty good. There were maybe 20 instances of numbers being letters and vice versa. The only examples I can think of are nth for 11th and r013 for role. Overall this is a decent book on the Kindle.
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