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Back Issue, No. 6 : November 1996

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200th Anniversary:

Napoleon Turns Defeat into Victory
Although victorious over three separate armies and in control of most of northern Italy, 27-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte would suffer his first defeat as yet another Austrian army marched south to reclaim this territory and relieve the besieged troops in Mantua. Todd Fisher presents the desperate fighting and Napoleon's ultimate triumph at Arcole in November, 1796, in this fifth installment of this bicentennial series.

Campaign Study:

Narrow Escape in Russia
Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 was an attempt to force Tsar Alexander to rejoin the economic blockade against Britain. Despite winning every battle and capturing Moscow, instead of victory the French Emperor found only a destroyed city and an unyielding Tsar. Forced to retreat for the first time since 1809. the Grande Armée began to disintegrate as the weather turned colder. Sensing an opportunity to destroy Napoleon's vaunted military machine, and perhaps even capture "the little corporal," two Russian armies closed in for the kill. Without bridging equipment, the multi- national Grande Armée was unable to cross the Berezina River. What happened next is presented in "word film" form, a collection of eye-witness accounts, by Paul Britten Austin, in an exclusive preview from the third volume of his 1812 series to be released by Greenhill Books in November.

Fashion & Culture

Temperance Follows Excess
French women's fashion was influenced by Napoleon after he became Emperor in 1804. The Empire period was noted for its luxurious styles, especially in the elaborate court dress. Josephine, Napoleon's sisters, and many other women were able to indulge their desires for extravagance. Fashion designs also served an economic purpose, intended to help the French textile industry. The final installment of a three-part illustrated series by Dr. Melanie Byrd.

Collector's Sourcebook:

A Survey of Recent Uniform Plates
Images of the uniforms worn by the soldiers who fought against France are more difficult to find than those worn by Napoleon's veterans. Stephen Ede-Borrett reviews a new series of prints of Austrian, Russian, and Bavarian subjects, originally done in 1811-1816. Other uniform plates now available are also covered in this illustrated survey.


  • Napoleonic Library: Reviews of Selected Titles
  • EHQ: Your Mail Order Source for Books, Prints, Music and Games
  • Product Survey: Items of Interest for Napoleonic Buffs
  • Calendar: Upcoming Events of Napoleonic Interest
  • Game Review: Clash of Arms' Corunna Board Game
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