Franco-Prussian war

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Franco-Prussian war

Post by Gille » 10 Jul 2003 03:14

Hi,could anyone recommend a good book on the Franco-Prussian war?I'm especially interested in reading about the battle of Mars-La-Tour.Thanks in advance. :)

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Post by Durand » 11 Jul 2003 18:52

Hallo Gille,

You may wish to look into "The Franco-Prussian War" by Michael Howard. I have the book, but alas it is yet another book sitting on the shelf waiting for me to spend some time with it. It was recommended to me by an acquaintance as a good overall treatment of the war. With specific regard to Mars-la-Tour, there are 22 pages devoted to it.

I hope this is of some help.

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Durand

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Post by Gille » 12 Jul 2003 01:56

Hi Durand,thanks for the tip.I know the feeling; too many books not enough reading time!I've been working my way through the Illustrated history of the French Army,1790-1885 by Edouard Detaile.Stunning prints,good text from the French viewpoint.Would like to read a more even handed text on the battles of the 1870 war.

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Post by grantwaara » 20 Aug 2003 21:14

Hallo,

Another recommendation is for another title on the F-P War is to be published next month. Geoffrey Wawro, host of the History Channel's program "Hardcover History" is publishing "The Franco-Prussian War," (Not very exciting titles huh?) by Cambridge University Press. Michael Howard has a blurb on the book so if the "Dean" of the F-P War thinks this is a good one, then it would be hard to disagree.

Grant

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Post by grantwaara » 20 Aug 2003 21:15

Hallo,

Another recommendation is for another title on the F-P War is to be published next month. Geoffrey Wawro, host of the History Channel's program "Hardcover History" is publishing "The Franco-Prussian War," (Not very exciting titles huh?) by Cambridge University Press. Michael Howard has a blurb on the book so if the "Dean" of the F-P War thinks this is a good one, then it would be hard to disagree.

Grant

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Post by Durand » 20 Aug 2003 23:26

Hallo Grant,

Thank you for the notice on Wawro's upcoming book. Several acquaintances have given me very positive recommendations to read his earlier book on the Austro-Prussian War. I have not yet read that one, so now I am looking forward to reading two of his works.

Regards,

Durand

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Post by Durand » 01 Sep 2003 01:56

Hallo Gille,

I do not if you are still searching for books on the subject, but while looking for something else, I ran across "Day of Battle: Mars-la-Tour" by David Ascoli.

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Durand

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Post by AJK » 03 Sep 2003 14:26

Hi Gille,

If you understand French, then the best account of the conflict is given in "L’Invasion Allemande (Vols. 1 - 3)", written by Général Boulanger, who was a participant in the war. The book is incredibly detailed and truly a mass of useful information. Unfortunately, it was published in 1888 and as such is difficult to find. I was fortunate to pick up a copy at a Paris flea market a few years ago.

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mike howard's book is good

Post by max.power » 06 Sep 2003 10:54

I can vouch for Michael Howard's book on the Franco-Prussian War. Really well done, good reading. But I have one complaint, as my knowledge of French and German is rather limited, I missed out on a few interesting points that the author made....translations of these into English, like in a footnote, would have been handy. But that's just a small complaint, I'd definitely recommend the book.

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Andrew

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General Staff

Post by Glenn2438 » 06 Sep 2003 11:27

Battery Press of Nashville publish an English translation of the Prussian General Staff history of the Franco-German War. Volume 1 deals with the operations at Mars-la-Tour.

The Franco-German War 1870-71, Volume 1:- From the outbreak of hostilities to the battle of Gravelotte. ISBN: 0-89839-222-5.

Like most General Staff histories it is rather dry but extremely detailed with extensive order of battle information. It does however lack the superb maps of the original German version.

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Glenn

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Post by inkhussar » 15 Sep 2003 20:28

I have just posted a thread with a link to an excellent ressourece of Frnch Army photos & info (1860 - 1914) whicjh includes many famous & brave officers who fought in the Franco-Prussian War.

http://www.thirdreichforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=31795

I hope that you find it useful.

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