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Sparta23 Nov 2017 2:46 a.m. PST

Quimbys book, the Background to Napolonic warfare, is the best I have read on the subject of how formations were choosen and maneuvered.

Has anyone who has read that and also read the new

Guibert: Father of Napoleon's Grande Armée (Campaigns and Commanders Series)

Does it add anything?

Brechtel19823 Nov 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

I have it and Quimby is much better. And the idea in the title is just 'a little' overblown.

The French reformers were not restricted to Guibert. For example, Gribeauval's reforms were larger and more far reaching, and Guibert somewhat disavowed himself of what he wrote later.

And the Grande Armee was Napoleon's creation, not Guibert's. Guibert had influence with his initial study, but de Broglie, Rochambeau, and others were the initial implementors of the new French tactical system in the maneuvers in Normandy in the mid-1770s.

von Winterfeldt23 Nov 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

a most boring book, in immense detail you learn in what circles you had to be to gain attention and promotion.

Sparta27 Nov 2017 12:41 a.m. PST

Thank you – then I can skip that without missing out:-)

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