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By John T. Kuehn Ph.D.

This conscientiously researched booklet presents an operational point research of eu struggle from 1792 to 1815 that incorporates the strategies, operations, and technique of significant conflicts of the time.

• Integrates themes as different as naval battle, maneuver conflict, compound war, and counterinsurgency

• Covers significant campaigns in the course of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars that mirror components of operational art

• comprises brief biographies of key figures that aid upload intensity to readers' knowing of the gamers at the back of the battles

• offers a chronology of significant campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars

• makes use of sleek types to envision campaigns of the period

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Their greatest weakness was their caution and constant underestimation of the French and Bonaparte. But caution was also their great strength 24 Napoleonic Warfare for it prevented Bonaparte on many occasions from trapping them and destroying their entire army. Only near the end of the campaign did Bonaparte finally destroy an army, and a small one at that, shut up in the fortress of Mantua, but it took him over eight months to do it. The Austrians were thoroughgoing professionals and their troops were veterans who fought well and sometimes out-marched the reputedly swifter French.

The apparent goal of its protagonists—the overthrow of the revolutionary French government—was never shared by all the participants simultaneously. Implicit in this goal was the restoration of the territorial status quo and a Bourbon monarchy. The major powers eventually opposed to France—Spain, Austria, Prussia, and Great Britain—were more interested in the enhancement of their territorial integrity or position in Europe (or Empire in Britain’s case) than in the restoration of the House of Bourbon to the throne of France.

17 This battle, however, did not end the war, but simply ended the campaign and staved off disaster. The period after Valmy briefly saw France on the offensive against its foes as the armies swelled with volunteers eager for glory. A defeat of the Austrians later that fall delivered the Austrian Netherlands (Belgium) to Dumouriez and the conquering French. However, French success and conquests brought more nations into the fray against them. After the execution of Louis XVI in January 1793, Great Britain, the United Provinces (the Dutch), and later the Kingdoms of Spain, Naples, and Sardinia all entered the war against France.

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