Jena, 1806 : Napoleon Destroys Prussia Paperback
Part of the Osprey Military Campaign S. series
Osprey's examination of the battles of Jena and Auerstadt of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815).
Forewarned of Prussia's intention to declare war on France, Napoleon decided to strike first with a bold advance from Wurzburg into Saxony.
On 14 October the double battle was fought: Napoleon with 96,000 men and 120 guns engaged and heavily defeated Prince Hohenlohe and General Ruchel.
The decisive engagement was fought further north where Marshal Davout with 27,000 men and 40 guns routed the main Prussian army under Frederick William IV and the Duke of Brunswick.
This title examines these two battles, Jena and Auerstadt in detail, showing clearly the swiftness with which Napoleon dealt Prussia's military machine a severe blow.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, 80ill.(10col.).3col.M.
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 28/01/1993
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781855322851
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Review by Wprecht
This book, like all others in this series, are designed to give the casual reader a quick and dirty guide to the campaign with some background information, contextual information, information on the military units and leaders involved as well as a step by step walkthrough of the major battles.It does all that. But note that it is only 96 pages. So, for the serious reader or student of military history it is just a decent starting point.It is beautifully illustrated, lots of pictures of the major players, the battle areas as they look today, 3-D maps of the battlefield. I have a couple of complaints: The captions to the numrous pictures are long and directly lifted from the text. Minor beef, but they could have added something on the subject or been real short. Even though the campaign itself was rather short, the author is pressed to put it in context and present it in the short space of the book. It's 86 pages, but probably 20 total pages of prose. Something I found necessary is a good regional map. Also, I think a (visual) timeline might have been helpful.