Loraine Petre is widely recognised as the father of Napoleonic Wars history writing. In this volume on the Emperor’s last campaign in Germany – the scene of so many of his previous triumphs – Petre pictures Bonaparte at bay, with his Grande Armee decimated by the disastrous retreat from Moscow. Napoleon was fighting off overwhelming odds in a series of battles at Saale, Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Dennewitz – culminating at the great ‘Battle of the Nations’ at Leipzig when he faced a massive defeat which propelled him along the road back to Paris and abdication.
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2015 N & M Press reprint (original pub 19012) SB xi+403pp., 17 maps & plans