A few weeks ago I posted about Jon's Anniversary blog contest. Well, it is hard for me to recall the last time I won anything of value, but this time I hit the jackpot! Not long after the notification appeared on Jon's blog that I had won, and my "prize" was my to be first choice as well, the book arrived at my doorstep. Thank you so much, Jon!
This is a beautiful hardcover book, and I started reading it almost immediately. I am now up to page 82 (out of 270). This is a very well written engaging book featuring names that "grognards" are familiar with, but rarely get to see in action without (then general) Bonaparte stealing the stage... names like Melas, Chasteler, Radetsky, Bagration, Constantine, Scherer, Moreau, Grenier, Victor, Serurier, and of course.... Surovov!
It is well provided with excellent maps, and good quality illustrations as well as modern photographs of some of the key points. The interactions, positive and negative, between the Austrians and their Russian allies are well covered. I found it interesting that Duffy felt that Surovov's military treatise, conventionally translated as the rather old school title "The Art of Victory", would be more accurately translated as the very modern sounding "How to Win". Not only that, but in the book's conclusion, Duffy opines that had Surovov survived to face First Consul Bonaparte in 1800, he would likely have been the victor! we'll have to see if I am convinced of that by the book's end, but I expect to run ore than one of the battles form this book on the tabletop, even if the uniforms will be those of the 1809 French, Italians, Poles and Austrians with 1812 Russians! A most welcome addition to my Napoleonic library. Thank you again, Jon!
Some Autumn color at Taugahannock Falls, near Ithaca, NY, about 2 weeks ago. This picture fails to give you an adequate impression of the height of this spectacular waterfall - at 215 feet, it is the tallest single drop waterfall in North America East of the Rockies!
Trick or Treat? Our new Golden Retriever puppy, Zoe, age 3 months, on Halloween!