Whether as a general or a statesman, the two decades of Napoleon's maturity, from the triumphant invasion of Italy to the final defeat at Waterloo, were years of extraordinary achievement. Almost as remarkable as the victories were the disasters at Trafalgar, in the Iberian Peninsuala, in Russia and at Leipzig which the Imperial forces survived. James Marshall-Cornwall here analyzes Napoleon as military commander. Since, however, strategy and statecraft were as closely intertwined in Napoleon's career as in that of Oliver Cromwell, it is impossible to consider his generalship in complete isolation.
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General Sir James Marshall-Cornwall (1887-1985) served on Field-Marshall Haig's Staff in the First World War and played an active part in WWII, in charge of Western Command 1941-1942 and subsequently working with the SOE and MI6. He spoke two dozen languages, was President of the Royal Geographical Society and his other books include 'Marshal Massena' (OUP), an autobiography 'Wars and Rumours of Wars', and 'Haig as Military Commander', to be in Penguin Classic Military History in Sepember 2002.
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