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arthur181510 Jul 2022 7:07 a.m. PST

Members may be interested to know that Helion & Company have republished Eagles Over the Alps: Suvorov in Italy and Switzerland 1799 Dr Christopher Duffy, first published by The Emperor's Press in 1999, as a 304 page hardback, price £37.50 GBP GBP, which is cheaper than some of the prices presently being demanded for second-hand copies!

I read a library copy of this book when it was originally published, but could not then afford to buy it for myself, so I am very pleased to have this new edition. The only thing that has changed is that the cover now shows two full colour illustrations of a jager of the Bagration Regiment and a grenadier of the Rosenberg Regiment by Patrice Courcelle; the contents are unaltered.

If you have not seen the book before, Dr Duffy narrates the Russo-Austrian war against Revolutionary France in Switzerland and northern Italy, primarily from a Russian viewpoint, with an emphasis on the inspirational – and very eccentric – character of the Russian commander, General Aleksandr Vasilevich Suvorov, then aged sixty-eight, in his own erudite and entertaining style that made his previous books on the armies of Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa such a pleasure to read.

Dr Duffy personally visited the theatre of operations, walking ‘every pass and every key location at least once.' He drew the 34 maps himself and took the photographs of locations which accompany the text. The remainder of the black and white illustrations consist of four scenes by Bill Younghusband and reproductions of contemporary portraits.

Wargamers will find plenty of inspiration for tabletop games in the accounts of the numerous battles and sieges of this campaign.

BillyNM10 Jul 2022 8:42 a.m. PST

But it is frustrating if you have the first edition (mine is autographed) as it's so hard trying to find out what, if anything, has been added or changed.

arthur181511 Jul 2022 12:06 p.m. PST

Nothing in the contents has been changed – only the dustjacket! Apologies if I did not make this clear – I thought I had…

johannes5511 Jul 2022 12:36 p.m. PST

Great book, great writer and great subject

nsolomon9911 Jul 2022 4:35 p.m. PST

Great news that this wonderful book on a rarely covered campaign has been re-printed.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 2:12 a.m. PST

Great to see this reprinted. The 1799 campaign is a fascinating one that deserves more attention on our wargame tables.

I cannot resist mentioning Professor Frederick Schneid's newly published review in the Journal of Military History, Vol.86, No.3, pp702-703:
Reviewing the Clausewitz translations Professor Murray and I have done (Napoleon Absent, Coalition Ascendant: The 1799 Campaign in Italy and Switzerland, volume 1; and The Coalition Crumbles, Napoleon Returns: The 1799 Campaign in Italy and Switzerland, volume 2, by Carl von Clausewitz), Professor Schneid recommends Dr Duffy's work as required background reading before tackling Clausewitz's level of detail and analysis. He is also kind enough to say that "For those scholars who study this era, [Murray & Pringle's translated editions] will be a wonderful addition to their library".

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