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Historical maps of the Napoleonic Wars
Forty, Simon.
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Publication Information:
London : PRC ; New York, NY : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling Publishing, 2003.
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 x 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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DC226.4 .F67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Based on the unique collection at the Public Record Office at Kew, England, this amazing assortment of more than 100 military maps charts the Napoleonic conflict from its start in 1803 to the defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Each one is beautifully hand drawn, accompanied by a caption explaining its significance. The maps reveal in fascinating detail how the events were plotted out, including the major battles at Trafalgar and Austerlitz. Follow the fighting and clashes in the Eastern Front in Germany, Russia, and Austria; the Southern Front in Spain and Portugal; and the crucial encounters in Belgium. Simon Forty, a highly praised military writer, presents a concise history of both the war and military mapping. This collection is an essential compilation, providing a unmatched insight into the organization of one of the greatest campaigns of all time.

Author Notes

Simon Forty was educated at Sedbergh and London University's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. A history graduate, he has worked in book and magazine publishing all his adult life, both as publisher and writer. He lives in Devon with his wife, also a writer, and two children

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Library Journal Review

A wonderful collection of over 100 maps from the public record office at Kew, England, are reproduced here in full color, presenting not only a history of military map making but a topographical chronology of the movements of European armies throughout the Napoleonic Wars. The long introduction is a narrative history of the conflict in which Forty adequately covers all theaters of war (including the Caribbean and Egypt) and some of the dominant personalities from the belligerent nations. The captioned illustrations begin with the Bastille in 1798 and end with a contemporary diagram of the facilities on St. Helena in 1819; several nautical drawings depict ship movements at battles such as the Glorious First of June and Trafalgar. Space limitations make some of the larger maps difficult to read (a magnifying glass can solve this), but this does not really detract from the presentation. Recommended for libraries with Napoleonic collections.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The Bastille, 1789p. 32
France, 1790p. 33
The Glorious First of June, 1794p. 34
Battles of the Fluvia, 1795p. 35
Europe, 1796p. 36
The Rhine, 1796p. 37
Battle of Amberg, 1796p. 38
Battle of Wurzburg, 1796p. 39
Battle of Arcola, 1796p. 40
Battle of Rivoli, 1797p. 41
Cadiz Harbor, 1797p. 42
Italy and Southeast Europe, 1792-98p. 43
Battle of the Nile, 1798p. 48
Egypt, 1801p. 50
Ostende, 1798p. 51
Courtrai, 1800p. 51
Kattegat, 1801p. 52
Battle of Marengo, 1800p. 53
Mediterranean, 1804p. 54
Harwich defenses, 1872p. 57
Antwerp fortificationsp. 58
Brest Harbor, 1805p. 60
Scheldt River, 1805p. 60
Battle of Trafalgar, 1805p. 61
France's Eastern border, 1805p. 62
Battle of Maida, 1806p. 63
Battle of Jena, 1806p. 64
Battle of Auerstadt, 1806p. 65
Battle of Eylau, 1807p. 66
Battle of Friedland, 1807p. 67
Battle of Copenhagen, 1807p. 69
Franco-Belgian border, 1807p. 70
Siege of Colberg, 1807p. 71
Cherbourg, 1808p. 72
Quebec, 1808p. 73
Portugal, 1808p. 74
Battle of Vimeiro, 1808p. 74
Portugal, 1809p. 76
Battle of Oporto, 1809p. 77
Central Europe, 1809p. 78
Battle of Wagram, 1809p. 79
Battle of Talavera, 1809p. 80
The Grand Expedition, 1809p. 84
Siege of Flushing, 1809p. 85
Battle of Almeida, 1810p. 86
Battle of Busaco, 1810p. 87
Lines of Torres Vedras, 1810p. 88
Europe, 1811p. 89
Santarem, 1811p. 90
Battle of Barrosa, 1811p. 91
Operations in Beira, 1811p. 92
Battle of Fuentes d'Onoro, 1811p. 94
Battle of Albuera, 1811p. 95
Saxony, 1812p. 96
Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, 1812p. 97
Siege of Badajoz, 1812p. 98
Battle of Smolensk, 1812p. 100
Battle of Borodino, 1812p. 101
Battle of Salamanca, 1812p. 102
Siege of Burgos, 1812p. 105
Moscow, 1812p. 107
Eastern Europe, 1813p. 108
Battle of Lutzen, 1813p. 110
Battle of Bautzen, 1813p. 111
Battle of Vittoria, 1813p. 112
Campaign in the Pyrennes, 1813p. 113
Battle of Sorauren, 1813p. 113
Battle of Gross-Beeren, 1813p. 114
Battle on the Katzbach, 1813p. 114
Battle of Dresden, 1813p. 115
Battle of Kulm, 1813p. 116
Siege of San Sebastian, 1813p. 116
Battle of Dennewitz, 1813p. 117
Battle of Wartenburg, 1813p. 117
Battle of Leipzig, 1813p. 118
Battle of Hanau, 1813p. 119
United States and Canada, 1813p. 120
Southern United States, 1813p. 121
Eastern United States, 1813p. 122
New Orleans, 1815p. 123
Battle of the Nivelle, 1813p. 124
Battles in front of Bayonne, 1813p. 125
Bayonne and the River Adour, 1813p. 125
Battle of Orthez, 1814p. 126
Battle of Toulouse, 1814p. 127
Elba, 1814p. 128
Treaty of Paris, 1814p. 129
Belgian frontier, 1814p. 130
Campaign of 1815p. 132
Battle of Quatre Bras, 1815p. 132
Battle of Waterloo, 1815p. 134
Europe after the Congress of Vienna, 1816p. 140
Northern France, 1815p. 142
St Helena, 1819p. 143
Indexp. 144