Although the emphasis is often on Napoleon, the wide spread nature of the Napoleonic Wars and the slow speed on communications on the battlefield means that his subbordinate commanders played a key role in the success or failure of French armies across Europe.
Volume one of Haythornthwaite's work covers the wars from Napoleon's campaigns in Italy in 1796, through to the Austrian campaign of 1809. It also includes a section on the system of promotion used by Napoleon. The volume contains details on the careers of Augereau, Bernadotte, Berthier, Carnot, Davout, Desaix, Junot, Kellerman, Kleber, Lannes, Lasalle, MacDonald, Massena, Moreau, Murat, Oudinot, Rapp, Serurier, Soult and Reynier
Author: Philip Haythornthwaite