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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
French Revolution

1-970022 Cecille, Lucien MONT-SAINT-JEAN 6-7 JUILLET 1794: Forgotten Battle Series Includes 60 B/W and Color illustrations.

On July 6-7 1794, the French Sambre-et-Meuse army, commanded by Kleber and Lefebvre, battled an army commanded by the Prince of Orange and supplemented by the rearguard of the Austrian army.

A charge by the grenadiers and the cavalry gave the advantage to the French on the evening of the 6 July, which was confirmed the next morning. The battle then moved from Mont-Saint-Jean to the village of Waterloo and the Prince of Orange had to withdraw to Mechelen through the forest. Exhausted, Lefebvre spent the night in Waterloo and triumphantly entered Brussels the next day. 1 vol, 94 pgs 2015 FRANCE, HISTORIC ONE
NEW-softcover, [French text] ......$28.00

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1-205950 Cuccia, Phillip NAPOLEON IN ITALY: The Sieges of Mantua, 1796-1799 Eighteenth-century political and social issues entwine in this deeply researched campaign study.
Includes four b&w illustrations, one chart, one table, and seven maps.

In the center of Mantua, in northern Italy, a covered bridge stretches over the narrow Rio where vendors sell fish from pushcarts just as locals did more than two hundred years ago when Napoleon Bonaparte laid siege to the city. Four cannon balls protruding out of an adjacent wall offer a tacit monument to the sufferings of townspeople during the 1796-1797 siege, when the city, held by Austrian troops, finally fell under French control. Two years later, Mantua was again barraged, this time by a combined Austrian and Russian army, which took it back after four months.

Drawing on underutilized military records in Austrian, French, and Italian archives, Cuccia delves into these important conflicts to integrate political and social issues with a campaign study. Unlike other military histories of the era, Napoleon in Italy brings to light the words of soldiers, leaders, and citizens who experienced the sieges firsthand. Cuccia also shows how the sieges had consequences long after they were over. The surrender and proposed court-martial of Francois-Philippe de Foissac-Latour, the French general in charge of Mantua in 1799, sheds new light on Napoleon's disdain for defeat. Foissac-Latour faced Napoleon's ire, expulsion from the army, and harsh public criticism.

Napoleon in Italy is not only the story of Mantua's strategic importance. Mantua also symbolized Napoleon's voracious determination to win and Austria's desperation to retain its possessions. By placing the sieges of Mantua in an eighteenth-century international context, Cuccia introduces readers to a broader understanding of siege warfare and of how the global impacts the local. 1 vol, 328 pgs 2014 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-203110 Duvivier LE DRAPEAUX DE LA REVOLUTION (Flags of the Revolution): 800 Royal Flags and Republicans 1771-1804 Nothing is more difficult than identifying the flags of regiments of the National Guard and the multiple components of armies clashed during the French Revolution. This book meticulously reconstructed 800 flags and many bearers of the royal armies and revolutionary emigrants.

It includes the National Guard (including the 60 flags of the districts of Paris, 26 from the districts of Lyon, and 100 flags of various other cities), the Corsican regiments in the service of France, provincial regiments, battalions provincial garrison infantry regiments royal and republican, foreign regiments in the service of France, and the naval infantry regiments, artillery regiments. Also covers the French guards, half-Swiss brigades, flags of the Irish insurgents, and flags of immigrant armies, Vendee and Brittany. A rigorous work that makes this book a new standard in the field. 1 vol, 392 pgs 2013 FRANCE, LCV
NEW-hardback, [French text] ......$110.00

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1-30860 Forrest, Alan SOLDIERS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION The author examines the idea of the French soldier as a willing volunteer for the Revolution with the reality of protracted warfare, index. 1 vol, 224 pgs 1990 DURHAM, DUKE UNIVERSITY
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2-46910 Gardiner, Robert ed FLEET BATTLE & BLOCKADE:French Revolution 1793-97 Draws on the British National Maritime Museum, uses contemporary paintings, prints, drawings, charts & plans, hundreds of illust detail ships, covers Camperdown, St. Vincent and more, index. 1 vol, 192 pgs 1997 ANNAPOLIS, US NAVAL INST
NEW-dj ......$50.00 with a discount of 10%

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1-87610 Jourdan, General translated by George Nafziger OPERATIONS OF THE ARMY OF THE DANUBE 1799 8.5x11, Jourdan's own account of operations in Southern Germany before he was relieved. 1 vol, 78 pgs 2007 US, NAFZIGER COLLECTION
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1-70680 Jourdan, Jean-Baptiste translated by G. Nafziger MEMOIRS TO SERVE:1796 CAMPAIGN IN GERMANY HISTORY The memoirs of Jourdan General de Division and Commanding General of the Army of the Sambre and Meuse 1 vol, 132 pgs 2003 US, NAFZIGER COLLLECTION
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1-55441 Phipps, R. ARMIES OF THE FIRST FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE:Vol 1 Classic work, a must for any library on the early Napoleonic wars, coveres all the battles & details the rise of Napoleon and the Marshals. The first volume of a five volume set. 1 vol, 362 pgs 2011 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-softcover, facsimile of the 1929 ed ......$35.00

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1-55442 Phipps, R. ARMIES OF THE FIRST FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE: Vol 2 Armees de la Moselle, du Rhin, de sammbre-Meuse, de Rhin-et-Moselle Classic work, a must for any library on the early Napoleonic wars, covers all the battles & details the rise of Napoleon and the Marshals. The second volume of a five-volume set.

This volume includes Valmy and Fleurs. 1 vol, 456 pgs 2011 UK, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-softcover, available late March 2012 ......$48.00

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1-55443 Phipps, R. ARMIES OF THE FIRST FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE: Vol. 3 The Armies in The West 1793 to 1797 and the Armies in the South 1793 to 1796. Classic work, a must for any library on the early Napoleonic wars, covers all the battles & details the rise of Napoleon and the Marshals. The third volume of a five-volume set.

The third volume concentrates on the lesser known armies, those that fought against Spain in the south of France and against insurrectionary elements of the French population that had not been reconciled to new Republic. This volume sheds light on the careers of the Marshals and their colleagues during the campaigns that were short on supply, invariably brutal and in the case of La Vendee, bitter civil war. Six maps. 1 vol, 286 pgs 2013 UK, KEN TROTMAN
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1-44041 Saperson, C.A. and Lenton J.R. NAVY LISTS, V1:1793-1801 Fleets of Revolution Includes lists for Britain, France, Spain, Dutch & minor countries, 10 o/b's 1 vol, 72 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-44045 Saperson, C.A. and Lenton J.R. NAVY LISTS, V5:1793-1801 100 Small Actions Lots of small actions with all the ship data. 1 vol, 60 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-209810 Schneid, Frederick C. editor EUROPEAN ARMIES OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, 1789-1802 Contains nine essays analyzing the organization and constitution of European armies of the period, the challenges they faced, and the impact they had on the French Revolutionary Wars and on European military practices. The volume opens with editor Frederick C. Schneid's substantial introduction, which reviews the strategies and policies of each participating state throughout the wars, establishing a clear context for the essays that follow.

Drawing on the latest research and thought, each contributor focuses on the army of a particular power: France, Prussia, Austria, Russia, Britain, Spain, the German principalities, the Italian states, and the Ottoman Empire. Their essays examine the system, tactics, operations, and strategies that each army adopted and developed in the Revolutionary Wars. The authors explore the conflicts' wider influence on these policies and practices, along with significant battles and actions. 1 vol, 296 pgs 2015 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
NEW-dj ......$35.00 rct

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1-195310 Wills, Gary David Wellington's First Battle Full color throughout and illustrated with campaign and battlefield maps.

Wellington's First Battle tells the story of the Duke of Wellington's involvement in his first campaign, the Duke of York's defence of Belgium and Holland in 1794 and early 1795. During this campaign, the Duke of Wellington fought his first battle, the combat of Boxtel on the 15th September 1794.

The Duke of Wellington is rightly considered a 'great commander', arguably Great Britain's greatest soldier. It is surprising therefore that so little has been written about his early career and the formative experiences of war that guided him in his rise to greatness. Historians past and present have naturally focussed on the Wars of Napoleon rather than those of the preceding Revolutionary period. However the French Revolutionary Wars witnessed the art of warfare in arguably a greater state of flux than the later Napoleonic period and provided the training ground for all the great soldiers who fought for and against Napoleon.

In August 1794, while Napoleon languished in prison in Fort Carre near Antibes, the focus of the war was more than five hundred miles away to the north in the Netherlands, where Revolutionary France's largest and most powerful armies fought the combined forces of Austria, Great Britain and the United Provinces.

The man who would become the Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal in several countries, had departed from Cork as Sir Arthur Wesley, Lieutenant-Colonel of the 33rd Foot, the regiment that would later bear his name. Wesley and his regiment joined Lord Moira's force and travelled to Ostend in order to reinforce the army of the Duke of York. The second half of 1794 provided Wesley with his first active service on campaign, in which he found neither fame (his name is not mentioned in any of the contemporary accounts of Boxtel) nor fortune, but he did gain experience.

1 vol, 64 pgs
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