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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 2:03 p.m. PST

…. VON BROWNE 1705-1757

"Although little known in this country, Maximilian von Browne is counted among the finest soldiers of the old Imperial Austrian Army. As the present biography sets out to show, he was outstanding in his time for his vigorous conduct of war, and his extremely advanced idea of leadership and responsibility. Few commanders have taken so literally the phrase ‘to share the hardships of his men'.

A son of that generation of Irishmen who fled from a penal regime to take service in Catholic Europe, Browne rose in the Army of the Empress Maria Theresa. In 1746, he could take the greater part of the credit for driving the French and Spanish forces from Italy, and in the next year he carried the war onto French soil by a celebrated invasion of Provence. Following an interval of peacetime, though far from uneventful, administration in the Imperial provinces, Browne checked and outwitted Frederick of Prussia in the first campaign of the Seven Years War. Already in the grip of a mortal illness, Browne was taken unawares when the Prussians resumed the attack in 1757, and of May 6 of that year he received a last wound, among his grenadiers on the field of Prague…."


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AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 5:44 p.m. PST

Thanks Tango.

Any book by Professor Duffy is well worth reading and this is no exception. Do be aware, however, that this book was first published in 1964 and there is nothing in the Helion blurb to indicate that it has been revised.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2019 11:02 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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