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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2018 3:55 p.m. PST

….of Holland 1799.

"In 1799, as part of the Second Coalition against France, an Anglo-Russian army landed in Holland to overthrow the Batavian Republic and to reinstate the Stadtholder William V of Orange. Initially called ‘The Secret Expedition', although not really a secret for both sides, the description of the invasion reads like a novel. Five major battles were fought between armies of four different nations, with unexpected deeds of heroism and unexpected defeats. There were secret negotiations and rumors of bribery. More than enough ingredients for biased opinions, historical errors, and incorrect information copied from historians up to this day.

The aim of this book is to give a balanced, detailed, and complete account of the events taking place during the invasion: the preparations on both sides, detailed descriptions of the battles as well as the events taking place at sea and in the eastern provinces of the Batavian Republic. Also giving new opinions on questions like: What were the causes of ‘The Secret Expedition'? Did Brune indeed delay reinforcing the Batavians? What caused the frequent panics in the participating armies? Were the French veteran troops and the Batavians soldiers unreliable? How was the treaty closed…"
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Paul Demet01 Oct 2018 10:33 p.m. PST

This is a really detailed account by THE expert on the Dutch army and its campaigns during this period, based on years of research and a wide range of contemporary sources – highly recommended

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2018 11:38 a.m. PST



WKeyser05 Oct 2018 11:17 a.m. PST

the author had series of article on this in the old Empire magazine, which I have I wonder how much he has added. The articles where great and had obs and some really good maps.

Paul Demet05 Oct 2018 10:43 p.m. PST

I you liked Geert's articles in 'First Empire', you'll love this – over 400 pages including the appendices – greatly expanded on these articles and his previous book 'Voorwaarts, Bataven!'

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