1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume III: Wagram and Znaim, John H. Gill

1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume III: Wagram and Znaim, John H. Gill

The War of the Fifth Coalition was Napoleon's final victorious war, and the first to see him suffer a battlefield defeat, at Aspern-Essling. This third volume in Gill's massive history of the war looking at the final stage of the war, from the aftermath of that defeat to the close-fought French victory at Wagram, and the peace that followed. Gill also looks at the related campaigns on other fronts, including Poland, when Prince Poniatowski managed to frustrate the Austrians, and Hungary, where Eugène de Beauharnais won a major victory of his own at Raab.

This is a very impressive piece of work, and is unlikely to be surpassed for many years. Key amongst Gill's achievements are his impressive use of a wide range of sources from every combatant nation, the inclusive nature of the work, looking at every theatre in which the Austrian's faced Napoleon or his allies, and his ability to produce detailed accounts of battles that are still readable and allow one to follow the overall course of events. Gill has also produced an impressive selection of maps, illustrating both the overall campaigns and the details of the battles.

This is one of the best examples of 'traditional' military history that you will find, and will be of value to an academic audience and of great interest to a more general audience. A very impressive achievement and a very valuable guide to Napoleon's last great victory.

Chapters
Part I: Clearing the Strategic Flanks
1 - War Along the Vistula
2 - On Hungary's Endless Plains
3 - The Southern Flanks: Dalmatia, Styria and the Tyrol
4 - A Month of Preparation

Part II: Wagram, Znaim and Peace
5 - Wagram
6 - Znaim
7 - Invasions, Insurgencies, and Peace

Epilogue

Appendices
1 - Orders of Battle for the Campaign in Poland: April-June 1809
2 - Russian Forces Available for Poland
3 - Orders of Battle for the Campaign in Hungary: 1 -13 June 1809
4 - Hungarian Insurrection Mobilisation Structure with Planned Strength
5 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Raab, 14 June 1809
6 - Orders of Battle for the Campaign in Dalmatia: April-May 1809
7 - Orders of Battle for the Northern Tyrol, 10 May 1809
8 - Orders of Battle for Chasteler's Escape, c.1 June 1809
9 - Orders of Battle for the Engagement at Graz, 24-6 June 1809
10 - Allied Reserve Forces in Germany, 1 June 1809
11 - Austrian Forces in Germany, June 1809
12 - Allied Reserve Forces, c.25-30 June 1809
13 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Wagram, 5-6 July 1809
14 - Unengaged Forces Along the Danube during the Battle of Wagram
15 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Znaim, 10-11 July 1809
16 - Forces under Viceroy Eugene, 10 July 1809
17 - Orders of Battle for the Walcheren Campaign, July 1809

Author: John H. Gill
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 554
Publisher: Frontline
Year: 2010


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