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The Fields of Death Summary ✓ 108 Free read á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Simon Scarrow Simon Scarrow ð 8 Free download In disaster and is then defeated at Leipzig in the biggest battle ever fought in Europe With Napoleon's power waning at long last Wellington must seize the opportunity to crush the tyrant once and for all and so the two giants face each other for the final time at Waterloo. Almost 700 pages but it moves fast and it takes you to the end of Napoleon s adventures as well as those of the Duke of Wellington War wasn t pretty in those days not that it is now and Scarrow makes sure all the bloody gory details are related to the reader The best way to read this series is to read them in order one right after the other it s kind of like reading War and Peace if you do it that way but you have a sense of continuity and you stay interested Before Waterloo there was Spain and the Iberian Peninsula for Wellington and the ill fated Russian campaign for Bonaparte Eventually the two met up at Waterloo and the rest as they say is historyHaving read Bernard Cornwell s non fiction rendering of the epic battle it was amazing how much Scarrow stuck to the facts when it came to people places and events In this genre that s the mark of a good author they only embellish where they need to and don t create new battles new locations and the likeThe whole series is highly recommended and if you ve read Scarrow s other works centered around ancient Rome you ll be pleased to see he s able to deal with other historical periods as well and make them just as realistic

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The Fields of Death Summary ✓ 108 Free read á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Simon Scarrow Simon Scarrow ð 8 Free download It's 1810 and both Viscount Wellington and Emperor Napoleon have made great names for themselves as outstanding military commanders Wellington expands his achievements and enjoys further fame during his years in Spain but knows his most challenging test will be to face Nap. I generally avoid paperbacks that come in at 700 pages but a friend gave this one to me so I cleared my diary for a couple of weeks and sat down to read itThe opening did not bode well Napoleon is attacking the Bohemian town of Ratisbon Where was that Bohemia Ratisbon It s hardly the best known battle of the Napoleonic wars Still Napoleon soon explains its importance to his officers and to Scarrow s readers Gentlemen he says Ratisbon must be taken if we are to cross the Danube and force the enemy to face us on the battlefield Fortunately for us Napoleon was apparently in the habit of providing uick summaries of the strategic underpinnings of his campaigns to his generals at regular intervalsIt s all too obvious that we are not about to read great literature But Scarrow does succeed in sketching out the details of Wellington s peninsular campaign and some of Napoleon s greatest triumphs and disasters culminating in the retreat from Moscow Although I dimly remember having to study this period for O level back in the days when there were O levels I had never before understood how Napoleon was defeated and sent to Elba or how he had managed to come back so uickly to the position of Emperor And despite an interest in the period that has seen me visiting museums with detailed displays of the Battle of Waterloo I had never really understood what the French were doing there or how the British defeated them That I now have a much clearer understanding of military strategy and political manoeuvring in a critical period of European history is a credit to Scarrow s ability to inject some life into what is all too often taught as a boring and confused seuence of attacks and counter attacksThat is not to say that Scarrow always gets it right There are occasional maps but it s not at all clear why he has chosen to provide this kind of help for some battles and not others Where there are no maps the constant references to advancing on the left flank falling back on the river cutting off their retreat to the south and so on ad nauseam is simply confusing to those who like me are neither military strategists nor the sort of people who easily draw maps in their heads But even where the details of who is flanking whom can become obscure the essential importance of breaking the enemy s line the strength of the British thin red line compared to the columns used by Napoleon the tactical use of artillery and the importance of cavalry are all clearly explainedOccasionally I was worried about the accuracy of some of the details The ludicrously awful dialogue can draw attention to the fact that many of the meetings between Napoleon and his marshals are far from a precise report of what went on Presumably Napoleon did not really summon his staff simply in order to tell them why a battle was important before dismissing them with an assurance that their written orders would be with them soon Obviously the main reason for this scene has been so that we the readers can benefit from Napoleon s strategic overview But Scarrow does suggest that Napoleon s failures after Elba were at least in part down to poor communication with some of his generals So the uestion of how Napoleon did communicate with his generals is uite important and to be brutally honest I don t trust Scarrow s account of this And once doubt sets in I begin to wonder about some important things Did Napoleon really attempt suicide once he realised that Paris was going to fall Is his relationship with Josephine accurately portrayed I have no idea There are few historical notes at the end of the book which will allow me to judge how much is fact and how much fictionWhere I am confident that Scarrow is getting it right is in his details of the battles themselves The friend who gave it to me is in the Army and this book must be an absolute delight for anybody who cares about the way the British fought in the Napoleonic warsBooks like this occupy an uneasy ground between fact and fiction I felt that I was reading mostly in order to improve my understanding of the period The writing is clear and there is no doubt that Scarrow has done a good workmanlike job But we never really get into the heads of any of the characters Scarrow tells us what they are thinking and how they feel rather than allowing this to come out from their own behaviour And his dialogue really is awful On the other hand I have read many accounts of battles of this period and come away little wiser than I was when I started Having got to the end of this book I am definitely much better informed than I was when I started Writers of historical fiction are often dismissive of work such as this because it fails to meet any of the standards of style characterisation and interpretation that many authors and critics value But books like The Fields of Death should not be dismissed They set out to tell us something about our history and they do it well They are widely read by people who want to be better informed but who do not want to spend their time in the dry wastes of the academic military historian Simon Scarrow understands the needs of these readers and his books meet these needs He is to be congratulated on a job well done

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The Fields of Death Summary ✓ 108 Free read á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Simon Scarrow Simon Scarrow ð 8 Free download Oleon's mighty army But when Wellington invades France in 1814 he gains a swift and certain victory He indulges in a spell of self congratulation at Vienna until news comes of Napoleon's triumphant return Napoleon ambitious as ever embarks on a Russian campaign which ends. This final chapter begins with Napoleon who was hit in ankle in one of the battles in Spain But after occupying Vienna there was crucial battle of Wagram French victory Even so there were moment like one of Marshal Lannes who lost his both legs by cannon boll And even he ruler had dismissed Bernadotte from army during battle Emperor has child with countess Walewska at that time But He divorced Josephine in order to get male hair or as he thought So he marred Marie LouiseFouch was dismissed from his position for plotting with Talleyrand and willing to negotiate with English Napoleon chose General Savary for his successorAlso there was attempt for piece between France and Russia trough negotiations among Kurakin Talleyrand and Napoleon However it has led to nothing than Russian campaign of 1812 It was at that time that Napoleon somehow has grown to appreciate Poles as allies and was demanding that east Lands of formal Poland has to be given back by RussiaSo then Wellington took charge of Spanish captain and fortunately has won it And if not minor miracles of General Ebl and Michel Ney or Marshal Poniatowski no Frenchman would return from Russian CapainIn addition Metternich just like Talleyrand has beend advising Napoleon on stable peace based European politicsHowever the best of these who served France and Napoleon has left him for exile as he had to abdicate because of his actions that has been War Not for long though as he apparently appears again as French leaderNapoleon started battle of waterloo with Polish Lancers alongside And after all he has remembered his friend from school years Arthur who played violin at that timeAnd finally Napoleon has gone to final exile at St Hellena Island and died after six years Arthur on the other hand lived two decadesThus my sympathies goes to Arthur Overall these series of books has been very good with historical accuracy


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    (PDF) The Fields of Death This is the fourth and final book of Scarrow’s Revolution uartet This book follows Napoleon’s battles with Austria and Russia and Wellington’s peninsular campaigns to the Battle of Waterloo Scarrow is a master at writing historical fiction He is such an easy writer to read as the prose flows so beautifully His depi

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    Read & Download The Fields of Death Simon Scarrow ð 8 Free download (PDF) The Fields of Death Excellent insight into the minds of two great generals who only meet in the final battle of Waterloo Wellington came over as humane than I imagined though he was uoted as describing his men as 'the scum of the earth' on one occasion My only re

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    (PDF) The Fields of Death Read & Download The Fields of Death I generally avoid paperbacks that come in at 700 pages but a friend gave this one to me so I cleared my diary for a couple of weeks and sat down to read itThe opening did not bode well Napoleon is attacking the Bohemian town of Ratisbon Where was that? Bohemia? Ratisbon? It's hardly the best known battle of the Napoleonic

  4. says: (PDF) The Fields of Death

    (PDF) The Fields of Death This final chapter begins with Napoleon who was hit in ankle in one of the battles in Spain But after occupying Vienna there was crucial battle of Wagram French victory Even so there were moment like one of Marshal Lannes who lost his both legs by cannon boll And even he ruler had dismissed Bernadotte from army during batt

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    Free read á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ð Simon Scarrow (PDF) The Fields of Death I started my march with Mr Scarrow with one foot in Corsica and one in Protestant Ireland Over 4 entertaining and educational his 4 volumes of the military political and social lives of two of the most iconic figures in History and not just the Napoleonic Wars This final volume is in my opinion the best of the lot Having spent many hours approximately 2800 pages which is 1200 than the average King James Bible I have learned much

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    (PDF) The Fields of Death Simon Scarrow ð 8 Free download I was in a good position to read this series as I didn't really know the history of Napoleon or Wellington Yes I had heard of Austerlitz and Waterloo as the decisive battles Yes I had seen the picture of Napoleon

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    (PDF) The Fields of Death The series comes to a satisfying end as it charts the last years of the Napoleonic Wars Scarrow makes no secret of having been influenced by authors such as Patrick O'Brian and this series could easily be a land based companion to Aubrey Maturin Indeed if you take this series as focussing on the leaders and uppe

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    Read & Download The Fields of Death Simon Scarrow ð 8 Free download (PDF) The Fields of Death Almost 700 pages but it moves fast and it takes you to the end of Napoleon's adventures as well as those of the Duke of Wellington

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    (PDF) The Fields of Death This was a satisfying conclusion to a very well written series If you are interested in military history or jus

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    (PDF) The Fields of Death The final book leads us to the battle of Waterloo we follow Wellington's campaigns in Portugal and Spain Napoleon's descent into the madness of bad decisions like the march on Moscow which destroyed the grand ArmyCracking seriesMy only major thought was how Wellington would have done against a Napoleon in his prime i found it sur

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  • Hardcover
  • 608
  • The Fields of Death
  • Simon Scarrow
  • English
  • 01 August 2020
  • 9780755324392