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Back Issue, No. 9  :  September 1997

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200th Anniversary:

Instrument of Victory
General Napoleon Bonaparte was only 26 years old when he took command of the French Army of Italy in 1796. In just one year he defeated five separate armies, battered Sandinia-Piedmont out of the First Coalition, conquered northern Italy, and forced Austria to seek peace. While much has been written about the young Corsican's first campaign, less is known about the army that enabled him to rise to fame. Here we present a detailed list and history of the infantry and cavalry units that fought under Bonaparte in 1796-1797.
By John Giessmann

Units and Uniforms:

Swedish Jägare at Leipzig
After three days of continuous pounding, Napoleon's Grande Armée was forced to retreat from the battlefield around Leipzig in October 1813. Before the French troops could get away, the allies of the Sixth Coalition were determined to wreak more damage on the morning of what would be the fourth and final day of the largest battle fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Except for a few artillery units, the Swedish contingent had not yet fought. This article details the dramatic baptism of fire of the elite Swedish jägare infantry as they followed the Prussians into the city and participated in the victorious street fighting.
By Gustav P. Bergman with uniform illustrations by Magnus Haake 

Featured Scholar

Corsica and Napoleon
Dorothy Carrington grew up in an era when women were not encouraged to seek higher learning or careers outside of marriage. Despite the obstacles and detours of a fascinating life, she has become one of the world's foremost contemporary scholars of Corsican culture and a noted expert on the early life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Instead of our usual interview, Dr. June Burton asked Dr. Carrington to send us something on her struggles and accomplishments which are published here in an exclusive feature.

Game Review:

Clash of Arms Games' Jena
The Prussian army of 1806 was over matched and outclassed by its "modern" opponent, Napoleon's new Grande Armée. Such a one-sided situation usually does not make for a good game. However, the design by Clash of Arms surprises with a variety of scenarios that are more competitive than might be expected in a board game that covers the campaign which David Chandler noted: "Seldom in history has an army been reduced to impotence more swiftly or decisively."
By Lieutenant Colonel Wilbur E. Gray


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