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Die Hard!: Dramatic Actions from the Napolenic Wars by Philip J. [John] Haythornthwaite (£9.50)Publisher: Arms & Armour — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854092456]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Top edge of the text block slightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Die hard, 57th, die hard! — the battle cry of William Inglis to his battalion at the Battle of Albuera in 1811 somehow captures the drama that was the Napoleonic battlefield.

This era of military history saw the movement of huge armies, an advancement in weaponry, a sophistication in tactics and myriad alliances and collective strategies but, as ever, when it came to the field of battle it was the single soldier, the platoon, the regiment, that saw the action, fought the unequal fight, died the dreadful death, inspired the waning forces nearby and clawed victory from the most unlikely quarter. Perhaps it is the colourful uniforms, the dominant figure of Napoleon or the diverse records of the campaigns which have caused this to be the most studied of all military ages, but it must also be that the action was so vivid, so action-packed, so awe-inspiring.

This collection of ten Napoleonic actions has been created to demonstrate just some of the features of warfare from that period. The natural drama of those days at Marengo, Eylau, Albuera and Waterloo needs no invented scenes, no artificial inflation of the leadership shown, no exaggeration of individual courage, and, realising that, Philip Haythorn-thwaite allows the facts to stand alone. He provides the detail required to comprehend the complexities of Napoleonic warfare and sources needed to aid further study; his empathetic style encourages the reader into the position of the men of the 57th who responded to the words of their colonel at Albuera.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: napole´on emperor the french 1769-1821 military leadership art and science europe history 18th century napoleonic wars 1800-1815 campaigns army operations european 1750 1900 land forces warfare world battles france defence other than britain ireland napoleon war gene philip haythornthwaite 1854092456 first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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