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1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume II: Aspern, John H. Gill

1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume II: Aspern, John H. Gill

1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume II: Aspern, John H. Gill

1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume II: Aspern, John H. Gill

This second entry in Gill's classic account of the Franco-Austrian War of 1809 looks at the period that includes Napoleon's second entry into Vienna, and his first serious defeat, at the battle of Aspern-Essling. As a result one of the themes of this volume the possible decline in Napoleon's abilities and the quality of the armies available to him, as well as the clear improvements in the Austrian army in the years since Austerlitz.

As in the previous volume Gill is very good at examining decisions from the point of view of the knowledge available to the participants at the time rather than with the benefit of hindsight. Some of Napoleon's actions make much more sense when examined in this way, in particular the decision to make a quick crossing of the Danube before Aspern-Essling. Gill's immensely impressive research also shows in his accounts of each commander's intentions as they evolved during each battle. Once again this casts an interesting light on Aspern-Essling, this time on the Austrian failure to win a more significant victory.

The only minor irritant in this (and in the first volume in the series) is that the index is somewhat limited, focusing almost entirely on people rather than places or events, thus making it difficult to find the section on a particular action (especially the more minor ones). This flaw isn't present in the third volume.

That apart this is a truly excellent account of this pivotal moment in Napoleon's career - the point at which his aura of invincibility began to slip. Even though the defeat at Aspern-Essling was followed by victory at Wagram, things would never quite be the same again.

Part I: From Victory to Repulse
1 - On to Vienna!
2 - Marauders, Militias and Major Actions
3 - Aspern

Part II: Clearing the Strategic Flanks
4 - Over the Alps: Austria's Southern Offensives
5 - From the Adige to the Danube: Eugene's Counter Offensive

Intermezzo

Appendices
1 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Neumarkt, 24 April 1809
2 - Additional Austrian Forces under Hiller, 26 April 1809
3 - Landwehr in 1809
4 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Ebelsberg, 3 May 1809
5 - Austrian Forces in the Danube Valley, 8-9 May 1809
6 - Vienna Garrison, 11 May 1809
7 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Linz, 17 May 1809
8 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Aspern-Essling, 21-22 May 1809
9 - Forces in the Vicinity of Vienna/ Marchfield during the battle of Aspern-Essling, 21-22 May 1809
10 - Orders of Battle for the Opening Campaigns in Italy and Dalmatia
11 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of Sacile, 16 April 1809
12 - Forces in the Tyrol, Late April
13 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of the Piave, 8 May 1809
14 - Orders of Battles for the Battles on the Frontier, 14-17 May 1809
15 - French Army of Italy, reorganised, 21 May 1809
16 - Orders of Battle for the Battle of St. Michael, 25 May 1809

Author: John H. Gill
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Publisher: Frontline
Year: 2009



1809: Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon’s Defeat of the Habsburgs Vol II: The Fall of Vienna & the Battle of Aspern

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In the second volume of this epic work, John H. Gill traces Napoleon's progress as he sought to complete his victory over the Habsburgs. The war had erupted on April 10th with Austria's invasion of Germany and Italy. After just two weeks, Napoleon had battered the Habsburg Archduke Charles in a series of bruising defeats.

This volume begins with a Napoleon astride the Danube at Regensburg. He faced a critical strategic choice – whether to pursue the injured Austrian main army into Bohemia or march directly for Vienna, the seat of Habsburg power.

After electing to target Vienna, his troops defeated the Austrians in the brutal Battle of Ebelsberg, allowing him to enter the city on May 13th. But meanwhile, on the far side of the Danube, he suffered a dramatic loss at the gruelling, two-day Battle of Aspern. While his Danube forces recovered from this setback, the Emperor cleared trouble from his strategic flanks.

Gill describes in vivid detail the hopeful Habsburg invasion of Italy, led by the 27-year-old Archduke Johann, and the fierce French counter-offensive under Napoleon's stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais (also aged 27). In a series of encounters across Italy, de Beauharnais rebounded from initial defeat to advance triumphantly into Austrian territory, shattering and scattering Johann's army. In the wake of Aspern, while the Austrians vacillated, Napoleon gathered every man, horse and gun around Vienna, setting the stage for the gigantic spectacle of the Battle of Wagram, the final chapter in the story of the 1809 war.

Click here for a review of the volume by independent scholar Thomas Zakharis.


1809 Thunder on the Danube : Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs, Volume II: The Fall of Vienna and the Battle of Aspern (Hardcover)

This volume begins with a Napoleon astride the Danube at Regensburg. He faced a critical strategic choice - whether to pursue the injured Austrian main army into Bohemia or march directly for Vienna, the seat of Habsburg power.

After electing to target Vienna, his troops defeated the Austrians in the brutal Battle of Ebelsberg, allowing him to enter the city on May 13th. But meanwhile, on the far side of the Danube, he suffered a dramatic loss at the grueling, two-day Battle of Aspern. While his Danube forces recovered from this setback, the Emperor cleared trouble from his strategic flanks.

Gill describes in vivid detail the hopeful Habsburg invasion of Italy, led by the 27-year-old Archduke Johann, and the fierce French counter-offensive under Napoleon's stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais (also aged 27). In a series of encounters across Italy, de Beauharnais rebounded from initial defeat to advance triumphantly into Austrian territory, shattering and scattering Johann's army. In the wake of Aspern, while the Austrians vacillated, Napoleon gathered every man, horse and gun around Vienna, setting the stage for the gigantic spectacle of the Battle of Wagram, the final chapter in the story of the 1809 war.1809 Thunder On The Danube


1809 Thunder on the Danube. Volume 1: Napoleon?s Defeat of the Habsburg by John H. Gill(2014-05-19) Paperback – 1 January 2014

I've long waited for a more affordable and accessible version of Mr. Gill's three volume history of the "War of the Fifth Coalition", 1809: Thunder on the Danube to appear. So in this, I am very pleased that Frontline books has produced Mr. Gill's magisterial three volume history into paperback form.

The first volume largely deals with the politics, perhaps, paranoia, of the Habsburg Court in fearing that Napoleon was going to invade and dismantle the ancient Austrian (more properly - Habsburg) Monarchy. The Court was filled with many aristocrats of the former Holy Roman Empire, born in the German states that were not directly ruled over by the Austrian Archduke (in this case, Franz I/II). Many of these expatriates, Philipp Graf von Stadion among them, created a strong and powerful cabal known as the Kriegspartei, "War Party," and clamored for war with French. Their vision was apocalyptic in nature, and overly optimistic. Believing that the Germans of the Rhine Confederacy would join the Habsburg cause, leading to the final showdown with Napoleon, ending with his defeat, and the whimsical dream of the restoration of the Holy Roman Empire.

At the same time, Austria's greatest commander of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era -- Archduke Charles, a younger brother of the Emperor Franz, was hardly favoring war. A hero of the Revolutionary Era, Charles had seen first hand the ability of Napoleon and the French Army. He instituted a sweeping series of reforms to bolster the Habsburg Army, including modeling it off of the French "Corps" System. Thus, when war finally began in April, Austria had a much more modern (but still cumbersome) army to fight the French.

Napoleon had gotten whim of the invasion, and rushed off to Bavaria (the principle theater of the first weeks of the war) to take control of his army. In a stunning blow, to which Napoleon fondly remembered these Ŝ Days" in April, he nearly crushed Archduke Charles who barely managed to slip away into Bohemia to fight another day. Leading to the rest of the war of 1809, which Mr. Gill covers in Volume II and Volume III of his work.

On a side note concerning the integrity of the paper back edition, the covering is somewhat lacking and easily frays after extensive handling. Of course, this is nothing a well-placed piece of tape can't fix, but handling them with a little more proper diligence is all that is necessary to prevent the covering from fraying off.


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In the second volume of this epic work, John H. Gill traces Napoleon's progress as he sought to complete his victory over the Habsburgs. The war had erupted on April 10th with Austria's invasion of Germany and Italy. After just two weeks, Napoleon had battered the Habsburg Archduke Charles in a series of bruising defeats.

This volume begins with a Napoleon astride the Danube at Regensburg. He faced a critical strategic choice - whether to pursue the injured Austrian main army into Bohemia or march directly for Vienna, the seat of Habsburg power.

After electing to target Vienna, his troops defeated the Austrians in the brutal Battle of Ebelsberg, allowing him to enter the city on May 13th. But meanwhile, on the far side of the Danube, he suffered a dramatic loss at the gruelling, two-day Battle of Aspern. While his Danube forces recovered from this setback, the Emperor cleared trouble from his strategic flanks.

Gill describes in vivid detail the hopeful Habsburg invasion of Italy, led by the 27-year-old Archduke Johann, and the fierce French counter-offensive under Napoleon's stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais (also aged 27). In a series of encounters across Italy, de Beauharnais rebounded from initial defeat to advance triumphantly into Austrian territory, shattering and scattering Johann's army. In the wake of Aspern, while the Austrians vacillated, Napoleon gathered every man, horse and gun around Vienna, setting the stage for the gigantic spectacle of the Battle of Wagram, the final chapter in the story of the 1809 war.

Gill is very good at examining decisions from the point of view of the knowledge available to the participants at the time rather than with the benefit of hindsight. This is a truly excellent account of this pivotal moment in Napoleon's career .

History of War website

A masterly study that is likely to hold the field for many years to come.

Gary Sheffield - Military Illustrated Magazine

I just read Jack Gill`s latest book it ruined my life for days because I couldn`t put it down. Great stuff, well done I look forward to Vol III.

Digby G Smith on the Napoleon Series website

I have just picked up and devoured the second volume of John Gill’s trilogy on the Franco-Austrian war of 1809. It is spectacular! . Gill is the master of all he surveys. There is detail in this book that has been completely unavailable to the English speaker, and never found in one place in any language. Not only is this a dream for wargamers, but for anyone who wants to understand the campaign.

‘This looks to be the definitive work on the 1809 campaign and I would be pleasantly surprised if someone found something more to add. I had wondered why Gill had taken so long from his writing career between this series and his last book. The answer is all too obvious when you see what he has produced. This is a work that generations will refer to as the Holy Grail

First Empire - May 2009

A military historian specialising in the Napoleonic era, John H. Gill wrote the acclaimed With Eagles to Glory and edited A Soldier for Napoleon. He has contributed numerous papers to the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. His 2009 trilogy 1809: Thunder of the Danube won critical acclaim

An associate professor at the Near South-East Asia Centre for Strategic Studies in Washington DC, Gill has published extensively on military history and contemporary security issues in India, Pakistan and South Asia

Gill received the John Elting Award from the Napoleonic History Society for his contributions to the study of Napoleonic history

A retired US army colonel, Gill currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons


Gill, John H.

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1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Hapsburgs, Volume II

In the second volume of this epic work, John H. Gill traces Napoleon's progress as he sought to complete his victory over the Habsburgs. The war had erupted on April 10th with Austria's invasion of Germany and Italy. After just two weeks, Napoleon had battered the Habsburg Archduke Charles in a series of bruising defeats.

This volume begins with a Napoleon astride the Danube at Regensburg. He faced a critical strategic choice - whether to pursue the injured Austrian main army into Bohemia or march directly for Vienna, the seat of Habsburg power.

After electing to target Vienna, his troops defeated the Austrians in the brutal Battle of Ebelsberg, allowing him to enter the city on May 13th. But meanwhile, on the far side of the Danube, he suffered a dramatic loss at the gruelling, two-day Battle of Aspern. While his Danube forces recovered from this setback, the Emperor cleared trouble from his strategic flanks.

Gill describes in vivid detail the hopeful Habsburg invasion of Italy, led by the 27-year-old Archduke Johann, and the fierce French counter-offensive under Napoleon's stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais (also aged 27). In a series of encounters across Italy, de Beauharnais rebounded from initial defeat to advance triumphantly into Austrian territory, shattering and scattering Johann's army. In the wake of Aspern, while the Austrians vacillated, Napoleon gathered every man, horse and gun around Vienna, setting the stage for the gigantic spectacle of the Battle of Wagram, the final chapter in the story of the 1809 war.

AUTHOR:
John H. Gill (Jack), a military historian specialising in the Napoleonic era, is the author of With Eagles to Glory and the editor of 'A Soldier for Napoleon'. He has contributed numerous papers to the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era and other academic forums. His latest work is 1809: Thunder on the Danube, just published in March 2008, which is to be the first of three volumes. An associate professor at the Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC, he has also published on military history and contemporary security issues relating to India, Pakistan, and other South Asian countries.

SELLING POINTS:
A meticulously researched, critically acclaimed account drawing on diaries, unit histories and official reports

The most comprehensive, exhilarating history of Napoleon's 1809 campaign by a world renowned author

16 pages of plates and maps

ISBN: 9781848327580
Author: GILL JOHN H.
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 01/05/2014
RRP: $54.99
Pages: 464
Dimension: 216mm X 138mm
Available stock: 0


Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs: 1 Hardcover – 20 March 2008

Military history, especially of pre-modern wars, is usually dominated by the accounts of one side. In the Peninsualr War (contemporary with this campaign) for example, French sources are few and far between, and quite overwhelmed by British ones. But the 1809 campaign between Austria and France is a rarity since there are excellent and detailed accounts from both sides. Unfortunately this usually defeats the analytical skills of historians - but John Gill is an exception. This account reconciles the two sides, and does so at all levels from the strategic to quite small combats. It's quite wonderful.

The book starts with an account of how Austria got into the war. This won't interest the tactical wargamers much, but probably has more to teach the general reader than any other part of the book. Austria should never have started the war, but through a lack of clear-sighted leadership and a lot of what we would now call "group think" they managed to drift into it. Gill gives us a very clear blow by blow account of this.

Then we get onto the battles: the disaster for the Austrians that unfolded in Bavaria. Gill draws on the many detailed accounts from Austria, France and (importantly) the minor German states, and weaves them into a very clear narrative. The early skirmishes are covered in almost ridiculous detail, while for some of the later battles the sweep is more rapid. It is quite the clearest account I have read.

Gill doesn't seek to challenge the conventional wisdom or create controversy. He just weaves a wonderful, detailed lucid account. History at its best. I eagerly look forward to reading the next two volumes.


1809 Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Hapsburgs - Vol II The Fall of Vienna & the Battle of Aspern

In the second volume of this epic work, John H. Gill traces Napoleon’s progress as he sought to complete his victory over the Habsburgs. The war had erupted on April 10th with Austria’s invasion of Germany and Italy. After just two weeks, Napoleon had battered the Habsburgh Archduke Charles in a series of bruising defeats.
This volume begins with a Napoleon astgride the Danube at Regensburgh. He faced a critical strategic choice – whether to pursue the injured Austrian main army into Bohemia or march directly for Vienna, the seat of Habsburgh power.
After electing to target Vienna, his troops defeated the Austrians in the brutal Battle of Ebelsberg, allowing him to enter the city on May 13th. But meanwhile, on the far side of the Danube, he suffered a dramatic loss at the gruelling, two-day Battle of Aspern. While his Danube forces recovered from this setback, the Emperor cleared trouble from his strategic flanks.
Gill describes in vivid detail the hopeful Habsburgh invasion of Italy, led by the 27 year old Archduke Johann, and the fierce French counter-offensive under Napoleon’s stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais, also 27). In a series of encounters across Italy, Eugene rebounded from initial defeat to advance triumphantly into Austrian territory, shattering and scattering Johann’s army. In the wake of Aspern, while the Austrians vacillated, Napoleon gathered every man, horse and gun around Vienna, setting the stage for the gigantic spectacle of the Battle of Wagram, the final chapter in the story of the 1809 war.
AUTHOR:
John H Gill is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Near East – South Asia enter, part of Washington’s National Defense University. A former US Army South Asia Foreign Area Officer, he retired as a colonel in 2005 after more than 27 years of service. His previous books include With Eagles to Glory and A Soldier for Napoleon.
SELLING POINTS:
A meticulously-researched, critically-acclaimed account drawing on memoirs, diaries, unit histories and official reports
The most comprehensive, exhilarating history of Napoleon’s 1809 campaign by a world-renowned author
16 pages of plates

ISBN: 9781848325104
Author: GILL JOHN H
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 20/03/2009
RRP: $90.00
Pages: 512
Dimension: 222mm X 141mm
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In the second volume of this epic work, John H. Gill traces Napoleon's progress as he sought to complete his victory over the Habsburgs. The war had erupted on April 10th with Austria's invasion of Germany and Italy. After just two weeks, Napoleon had battered the Habsburg Archduke Charles in a series of bruising defeats.

This volume begins with Napoleon astride the Danube at Regensburg. He faced a critical strategic choice &ndash whether to pursue the injured Austrian main army into Bohemia or march directly for Vienna, the seat of Habsburg power.

After electing to target Vienna, his troops defeated the Austrians in the brutal Battle of Ebelsberg, allowing him to enter the city on May 13th. However on the far side of the Danube, he then suffered a dramatic loss at the gruelling, two-day Battle of Aspern. While his Danube forces recovered from this setback, the Emperor cleared trouble from his strategic flanks.

Gill describes in vivid detail the hopeful Habsburg invasion of Italy, led by the 27-year-old Archduke Johann, and the fierce French counter-offensive under Napoleon's stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais (also aged 27). In a series of encounters across Italy, de Beauharnais rebounded from initial defeat to advance triumphantly into Austrian territory, shattering and scattering Johann's army. In the wake of Aspern, while the Austrians vacillated, Napoleon gathered every man, horse and gun around Vienna, setting the stage for the gigantic spectacle of the Battle of Wagram, the final chapter in the story of the 1809 war.

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A military historian specialising in the Napoleonic era, John H. Gill wrote the acclaimed With Eagles to Glory and edited A Soldier for Napoleon. He has contributed numerous papers to the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. His 2009 trilogy 1809: Thunder of the Danube won critical acclaim

An associate professor at the Near South-East Asia Centre for Strategic Studies in Washington DC, Gill has published extensively on military history and contemporary security issues in India, Pakistan and South Asia

Gill received the John Elting Award from the Napoleonic History Society for his contributions to the study of Napoleonic history

A retired US army colonel, Gill currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons


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