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WildGeese20 Jul 2019 11:26 a.m. PST

Just wondering if anyone has seen or read this book as of yet and if so any thoughts? Title is, The Battle of Fontenoy 1745: Saxe Against Cumberland in the War of the Austrian Succession. Author: James Falkner.
I have the Osprey title recently published, but that one only whets the appetite as Osprey books usually do. Thanks in advance.

BillyNM20 Jul 2019 9:47 p.m. PST

I have a copy in the post so give it a few days and I'll let you know.

TheOtherOneFromTableScape21 Jul 2019 3:14 a.m. PST

I'm just reading it. Not as good as his previous WSS Marlborough books. The general description of warfare in the 1740's could have been copied from the back of a breakfast cereal packet. I've not got to the battle itself, but I'm not holding out much hope. The H&C one is better, as is the Osprey campaign book.

BillyNM23 Jul 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

My copy arrived today – a quick skim is a bit disappointing – only 32 pages on the battle and one map of the starting positions with no units shown just large rectangles indicating the first and second lines, etc. Sporadic sampling of the text also seems to indicate few details just fairly standard narrative.

WildGeese23 Jul 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

That's disappointing to hear. I enjoyed his previous titles concerning Marlborough and his battles/campaign. I was hoping for a good boots on the ground traditional tactical battle study on Fontenoy. I do agree that the Osprey title is quite good though. One day hopefully someone will give this all too important but neglected battle its recognition.

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