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Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Iowa Grognard » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:04 pm

I'm perusing the lists on Amazon, but trusting wd3's judgment more than Amazon.com reviewers, do any of you have any recommendations for books covering the campaign?

Thanks in advance for help.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Greystreak » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:46 pm

Two old gems come to mind:

F.N. Maude, The Jena Campaign: 1806, and F.L. Petre, Napoleon's Conquest of Prussia: 1806.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby baxterj » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:52 am

If you have the dosh, there is also the two Military History Press efforts: Napoleon's Finest and Napoleons Apogee. Both are beautiful productions. But there aren't a lot on 1806 and Greystreak's suggestion above are spot on for the basic reading options.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby thistlebarrow » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:57 am

I would also recommend Maude and Petre. I found the latter to be particularly useful.

There is also “Jena Auerstadt – The Triumph of the Eagle” in the F G Hourtoulle series. Very colourful with quite good maps. Lots of uniform illustrations and orders of battle. Its also translated into English, which I found very helpful.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Der Alte Fritz » Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:46 pm

I have found Maude and Petre to be 30,000 feet above sea level views of the campaign, that is, lacking in detail about the battle.

IMHO, Napoleon's Finest and Napoleon's Apogee give you excellent descriptions and analyses of Jena-Auerstadt down to the regimental/battalion level of the battle. The books are expensive, but if you really want to understand how the Prussians could have possibly lost to Davout's outnumbered corps at Auerstadt, the Napoleon's Finest (which covers Davout's campaigns from 1805 through 1807) is second to none.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Der Alte Fritz » Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:49 pm

Now when you get to the 1807 Campaign in Poland, the two books by Jim Arnold (Crisis in the Snows - about the Eylau campaign and his companion book about Friedland - I can't recall the title's name right now) are superb books.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Iowa Grognard » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:33 pm

Thanks for all suggestions. I'll be starting on this list shortly. b-)

DAF - For some reason, aside from a magazine article here and there, my chronological reading has been in reverse for this period. I started at the hundred days and have worked my way back through Russia, Spain, a few biographies, lots of 1809, and then Poland with the two books you mentioned(which I enjoyed reading very much).

After I go through the suggestions here, the book I'll be looking for is "The Iron Marshal" about Davout.
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby baxterj » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:50 pm

Yes, good pick on Hortoulle thistle, I didn't look far enough on my shelves!
IG, I have that book on Davout if you want a snapshot.

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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Greystreak » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:55 am

Hmm. The OP asked for books about the 'campaign', in the context of checking 'Amazon' for accessible works, and the DAF pisses all over my suggestions, and instead proposes that the IG lay out more than USD$444.00 for two specialist works (which I also own), covering detailed aspects of some battles of that campaign . . .

Wow. Thought I was at "The Other Place" for a moment . . . :-S #-O Bad day at the office, Jim? ;)
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Iowa Grognard » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:59 am

I guess it is a good thing I didn't start a topic with the question I had about French Cavalry in Spain...
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Re: Auerstadt-Jena reading material?

Postby Der Alte Fritz » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:52 am

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. I just thought that I was trying to be helpful. I won't do that again. <wh
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