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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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1-68380 anon GERMAN ACCOUNT OF THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN 1859, A This short article first appeared in the 'UnitedServices Magazine of 1859', the writer provides asuccint account of strategy employed by both sidesand first hand accounts of several battles. 1 vol, 36 pgs 2002 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-43310 Brignoli, Marziano LA DIVISIONE LAMBARDA 1848-1849 (16) color & b/w illust Lombard army, battle maps. 1 vol, 24 pgs 1988 MILANO, EDITRICE MILITARE
NEW-softcover, Italian text ......$10.00

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1-72080 Clowes, Sir William Laird NAVAL CAMPAIGN OF LISSA, THE:1866 8.5x11. account of the only major naval battle between the ACW and RUSSO-JAPANESE war, blow-by-blow, o/b's, maps. 1 vol, 62 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-1947625 Cristini, Luca L'ESERCITO PIEMONTESE: Seconda Guerra Per L'Indipendenza 1849-1859 Part 2 Cavalry Includes 16 full-color pages, with many b/w illustrations and maps.

Nel periodo storico universalmente riconosciuto come 'Risorgimento Italiano' un ruolo di primo piano venne ricoperto dall'Armata Sarda. Risorta nel periodo della restaurazione piu come strumento per continuare a salvaguardare gli interessi della dinastia Sabauda che per essere un vero esercito nazionale, come tale fu sconfitta nella sua prima grande prova bellica durante le campagne del 1848-1849 condotte contro il meglio organizzato e potente esercito austriaco. Seppe, pero, con tenacia ed orgoglio rapidamente risorgere a nuova vita, grazie soprattutto ad un'importante serie di innovative riforme nate nel periodo che va dal 1849 al 1859 su iniziativa del generale Alfonso la Marmora e che traevano origine dai lungimiranti ed ambiziosi progetti politici del conte Camillo Benso di Cavour. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2015 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
NEW-softcover, available late March 2015 [Italian text, English captions] ......$34.00

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1-196370 Embree, Michael RADETZKY'S MARCHES: The Campaigns of 1848 and 1849 in Upper Italy In the Spring of 1848, revolution threatened to sweep away the old order throughout Europe. In the Austrian-occupied north of Italy, newly nurtured nationalism, further fueled by economic issues, prompted open revolt in Lombardy and Venetia. The Austrian army in Italy, commanded by 82 year old Field Marshal Radetzky, soon saw itself under further threat from the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont, Naples, and the Papal States, as well as thousands of volunteers, all determined to rid Italy of the occupier.

Seemingly under attack from all sides, the Austrian Army was forced to concentrate in the famous 'Quadrilateral', formed by the fortress cities of Peschiera, Mantua, Legnago, and Verona, losing deserters by the thousand, to prepare for the war to follow, a war that would continue into the following year.

This volume narrates the remarkable tale of how one old general quite possibly saved an empire. With iron will, the great personal affection of his men, and some luck, Radetzky maintained his army and finally defeated his opponents. Such was the impact of the 1848 campaign, that Johann Strauss the Elder wrote the 'Radetzky March', in the Field Marshal's honor!

The comprehensive story of the revolts and the subsequent military campaigns is recounted here, taken from many and varied sources, including a considerable number of contemporary and firsthand accounts, as well official reports from all sides.

Continuing Helion's successful series of 19th Century European campaign studies, this book will be produced in a limited-edition hardback printing of 750 copies (all individually numbered and signed by the author). 'Radetzky's Marches' is profusely illustrated in both color and black-and-white, and is accompanied by maps (some color), charts, diagrams and extensive orders-of-battle. 1 vol, 480 pgs 2011
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1-197390 Hold, Alexander HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGN OF 1866 IN ITALY This is a translation of the 1867 work by Alexander Hold, Geschichte der Feldzugs in Italien 1866, which describes in detail the campaign of the previous year, fought between the armed forces of the Austrian empire and the kingdom of Italy in the Austrian province of Venetia and the southern Tyrol and on the Adriatic Sea.

The author served in the Engineers during the Campaign of 1859, and during the Campaign of 1866 was a Captain present with the Austrian headquarters throughout the Custoza campaign. As such he was ideally placed to provide a detailed account of his countrymen's efforts - he was a firsthand observer and would have taken part in discussions of Austrian strategic planning before and during it. Moreover, since he was on the staff he would have immediate knowledge of the other aspects of Austrian staff work of the period, the administration of the railways and telegraphs and the collection of intelligence.

As a result, Hold's views about the forces of the participants, his comments on the terrain of the theater of war and his assessment of the correct and incorrect decisions made by the Austrian and Italian high commands are of considerable interest because they shed informed light on what is the often forgotten part of the 1866 war, and a close study of his figures and assessments will repay all students of this campaign. Naturally, Hold gives the Austrian point of view, one which occasionally is a bit partisan, but because of the subject this is only natural. His own countrymen received the work well, and it has been called the first objective and learned treatment of the Italian campaign of 1866.

This new translation by Stuart Sutherland, who also supplies extensive explanatory notes, is an important contribution to the literature available for this most interesting and important 19th Century campaign, providing a very detailed account not only of the principal Battle of Custoza, but also the Campaign in the Tyrol, and the naval war in the Adriatic that culminated in the Battle of Lissa. 1 vol, 152 pgs 2011 UK, HELION
NEW-pb, available early January 2012 ......$50.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-1947614 Melani, Andrea L'ESERCITO PIEMONTESE: Seconda Guerra Per L'Indipendenza 1849-1859 Part 1 Infantry Includes 32 full-color pages, with many b/w illustrations and maps. Italian text, but English captions to images. All color plates have full English translations.

The Sardinian Army became one of the protagonists of the military events that led to the formation of the Kingdom of Italy and represented the model on which the General Manfredo Fanti created the new Italian Royal Army. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2012 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-190470 Menziani, Alberto L'ESERCITO DEL DUCATO DI MODENA dal 1848-al 1859 9x12, detailed history with b/w and color plates of uniforms, equipment, flags, battle maps etc. 1 vol, 372 pgs 2005 ITALY, STATO MAGGIORE
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1-1947704 Mugnai, Bruno GARIBALDI IN SUDAMERICA: The Years of Exile 1835-1848 From 1836 to 1848, Garibaldi lived in South America as an exile, and these years of turmoil and revolution in that continent strongly influenced his career. He volunteered as a naval captain for the Rio Grande do Sul republic during that small state's unsuccessful attempt to break free from the Brazilian Empire. Actually, he did little more than prey on Brazilian shipping.

In the course of often harrowing adventures on land and sea, he managed to elope with Anna Maria Ribeiro da Silva (Anita), a married woman, who remained his companion in arms until her death. After a succession of victories by the Brazilians in 1839-40, Garibaldi finally decided to leave the service of Rio Grande. Driving a herd of cattle, he made the long trek to Montevideo with Anita and their son.

There he tried his hand as commercial traveler and teacher but could not accustom himself to civilian life. In 1842 he was put in charge of the Uruguayan navy in another war of liberation-this time against Juan Manuel de Rosas, the dictator of Argentina. The following year, again in the service of Uruguay, Garibaldi took command of a newly formed Italian Legion at Montevideo, the first of the Redshirts, with whom his name became so closely associated. After he won a small but heroic engagement at the Battle of Sant'Antonio in 1846, his fame reached even to Europe, and in Italy a sword of honor, paid for by subscriptions, was donated to him.

He was in charge of the defense of Montevideo for a short time in 1847, when he first came to the attention of Alexandre Dumas pere, who later did much to foster his reputation. Garibaldi also greatly impressed other foreign observers as an honest and able man.

His South American experiences gave him invaluable training in the techniques of guerrilla warfare that he later used with great effect against French and Austrian armies, which had not been taught how to counter them. These first exploits in the cause of freedom cast him in the mold of a professional rebel, an indomitable individualist who all his life continued to wear the gaucho costume of the pampas and to act as if life were a perpetual battle for liberty. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2012 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-54240 Penhall, Stuart editor EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE BATTLE OF NOVARRA, 1849 Extracts from Hacklander 'Scenes from the Life of a Soldier' details the Piedmontese defeat by the Austrians, b/w maps, Austrian & Piedmont o/b's. 1 vol, 52 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-44530 Smith, Nigel VIVA RADETZKY - The Novarra Campaign of 1849 8.5x11, o/b's, maps and detailed text of Lombardy campaign for Italian Independence. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2004 UK, PICKELHAUSE PRESS
NEW-softcover, back in stock ......$20.00

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1-212700 Summerfield, Stephen THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN OF 1859: Campaign, Battles and Equipment This is a study of aspects of the 1859 Campaign in Italy, in which the French Emperor Napoleon III, allied to forces from the Kingdom of Sardinia, attempted the independence of Italy from Austria. Success in the enterprise would replace Austrian influence south of the Alps with that of the French.

There followed a brief campaign in Northern Italy culminating in the major battles of Magenta and Solferino. It was a fine example of 'modern' warfare in the mid-19th century, influenced by the use of railways and the increasing power of artillery. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2016 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-pb, available late October 2016 ......$23.00 rct

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1-204520 Weaver, Ralph GARIBALDI AND THE SIEGE OF ROME Uniforms and actions of the 1849 Roman Republican army, b/w illust and full color plates. 1 vol, 120 pgs 2014 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-41890 Wylly, Colonel H.C. CAMPAIGN OF MAGENTA AND SOLFERINO 1859, THE The only book in print the details this historic campaign, six maps including a 17x34-inch foldout. 1 vol, 192 pgs 1996 MINNEPOLIS, ABSINTHE PRES
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