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Back Issue, No. 7 : February 1997

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200th Anniversary:

One Final Victory: Rivoli
General Napoleon Bonaparte, 34 years younger than his opponent, Austrian General Alvintzy, was a frustrated commander. An Austrian force was trapped inside the fortress of Mantua, but refused to surrender. The Pope was building an army to the south. Added to this threat, Alvintzy would launch the third attempt to relieve the siege of Mantua. After ten months of successful campaigning against four separate armies, Bonaparte was no closer to final victory. Indeed, the French government was thinking of giving back all that he had won at the negotiating table. John Giessmann presents the battlefield dilemmas and narrow margin of victory achieved in Bonaparte's first Italian campaign in the winter of 1797.

Campaign Study:

Battle within a Battle
While only a part of the larger battle of Waterloo, the fighting around and for the chateau of Hougoumont has become almost as famous as the battle itself. The Duke of Wellington thought he came close to losing Waterloo there. Despite its fame, there are still many unanswered questions and even some mystery surrounding what happened at Hougoumont on 18 June, 1815. This walled farm, a strongpoint and virtual fortress forward of the main Allied line, was held by the elite British Foot Guards, supported by German troops and other allies. John Brewster and the staff surveyed out of print and recent publications to create this original, colorful graphic presentation.

Interview

Toward Understanding Napoleon
Harold T. Parker, author of the classic work Three Napoleonic Battles, is an award-winning teacher and Napoleonic scholar whose contributions span six decades. Parker's activities in research and writing have continued even after his forced retirement at age 70 from Duke University. Interviewed by June K. Burton, staff member and fellow distinguished Napoleonic scholar, Dr. Parker was asked to assess the past and present state of this historical field, offer his personal opinion of Napoleon, and provide suggestions for today's research.

Game Review:

Design's Musket Fire for the Mac
Very few games are created for the Macintosh computer. Mac owners who enjoy Napoleonic history should be pleased to see this new release from Design, Inc. Although lacking some of the detail and options of more expensive DOS-based games, Musket Fire is virtually bug-free, easy to learn, quick to play, plus you can switch sides in the middle of the game!

Departments:

  • Editorial: A Letter from the Publisher
  • EHQ: Your Mail Order Source for Books, Miniatures, and Games
  • Product Survey: Items of Interest for Napoleonic Buffs
  • Napoleonic Library: Reviews of Selected Titles
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