Revolution was on everyone’s lips. The ancien regime had been cast aside and King Louis XVI had been executed in front of a mocking crowd. Every crowned head in Europe trembled with fear – ideas knew no frontier. The monarchies of Europe had to act swiftly to crush the Revolution, and a coalition of the great powers of Britain, Austria, Prussia and Spain was formed to restore the natural order. The armies of the First Coalition gathered round France’s borders, the largest of which was assembled in Flanders. Composed of Anglo-Hanoverian, Dutch, Hessian, Prussian and Imperial Austrian troops, its aim was to invade France and restore the nobility to what was considered their rightful place. Opposing them was the French Armee du Nord. In command of the Anglo-Hanoverian contingent was the son of George III, the Duke of York. The campaign was a disaster for the Coalition forces, particularly during the severe winter of 1794/5 when the troops were forced into a terrible and humiliating retreat. Britain’s reputation and that of its military leaders was severely diminished, with the forces of the Revolution sweeping all before them on a tide of popularism. Yet, from this defeat grew an army that under the Duke of Wellington would eventually crush the Revolution’s greatest general, Napoleon Bonaparte. Of the Flanders Campaign, Wellington, who fought as a junior officer under the Duke of York, remarked that the experience had at least taught him what not to do! Renowned historian Steve Brown has produced one of the most insightful, and much-needed studies of this disastrous but intriguing campaign. He concludes this important work with an analysis that draws striking, and significant comparisons with the Flanders campaigns of 1914 and 1940. How history repeats itself!
DUKE OF YORK’S FLANDERS CAMPAIGN Fighting the French Revolution 1793-1795
Steve Brown writes about a topic that has received scant coverage in the past: the British fight against revolutionary France. This book takes us to the mainland of Europe, where the First Coalition tried to destroy the French in the Low Countries.
This is a good resource for those who wargame the Revolutionary Wars. It has many maps including five on the campaigns that show how the forces manoeuvre and six battle maps. In addition to this abundance of cartography, there are orders-of-battle and strength reports for the various forces during the campaign and battles. This book is a gold mine for those looking for this kind of information.
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