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-- 30th of September 2018 --
September's post is up; the Revolutionary Wars from 1792 to 1795. Another interesting period hard to do justice to. It can be argued that the French Revolution was more important politically over the last couple of centuries than both the American War of Independence and the First Industrial Revolution in Britain. Both these important events being contemporary. The Revolution was tightly and inextricably interwined with the wars it fought with the rest of Europe. So without hyperbole we're talking about the origin of the modern world. From the practical point of making sense of the history this is a difficulty. You have the problem that is common with other times and civilizations that the actors had very different views of the world than the modern one. It takes a major effort to wrap ones head around those world views. However you also have the problem that issues that are relevant in our modern world tend to be controversial. Usually one difficulty or the other can be expected to predominate. This period has both problems in full. Awkward. There may be revisions to this post.
-- 28th of August 2018 --
Have post for August up; Egypt after Bonaparte's departure 1799-1801. An interesting period hard to do justice to. Also fixed the odd typo elsewhere and edited the entry for the Battle of Second Aboukir.
-- 2nd July 2018 --
Finally have post for July up; Bonaparte's occupation of Egypt and expedition into Syria 1798-1799. Turns out despite how the details are glossed over in high level summaries in English secondary works that a lot went on. Unfortunately the sources when available aren't all in English. This post could have used a lot more work and been longer. Quite long as it is though. Several maps too. Hope you find it interesting.
-- 31st July 2018 --
Still working on post for July on how Bonaparte (and Desaix) conquered Egypt and the expedition into Syria. The Syrian expedition part in particular is incomplete. Do have a couple of nice maps done for it. Will likely be a couple of days before I have even a first draft ready to post.
-- 2nd July 2018 --
Fixed some of the worst typos in blog post for June on Bonaparte's Invasion of Egypt in 1798.
-- 1st July 2018 --
Added blog post for June on Bonaparte's Invasion of Egypt in 1798. Only one map and a little rough in some places.
-- 30th May 2018 --
Added blog post for May on Command and Control. Particularly Napoleon's use of the Army Corps system.
-- 30th April 2018 --
Added rather sketchy blog post for April on Maps and other sources of information of vital military use.
-- 31st March 2018 --
Added blog post for March on Logistics before 1914.
--1st March 2018 --
Fixed a number of typos in posts for January and February.
-- 27th February 2018 --
Have added post for February 2018 on Bonaparte's campaign in the Spring of 1797 against the Archduke Charles defending the Austrian homelands, see the Periodic Potshot for February 2018.
-- 19th January 2018 --
Have added post for January 2018 on Alvintzy's second attempt to relieve Manuta, the Austrian's last, see the Periodic Potshot for January 2018.
-- 27th December 2017 --
Having come across some useful maps in the digital collections of the New York Public Library I added mention of them to November's and December's posts.
Currently in development:
- Improved UI - with intuitive 3D graphical display of information and orders giving.
- Front end GUI vs. backend resolution engine.
A shareware game called "Napoleon the Emperor" which covered the
battle of Waterloo. Registered versions added the battles of Ligny and Quartre
Bras. This game was first released in 1996. It achieved it's design goals of being
able to reproduce the historical battle with just a
few hours of play. Unfortunately, the weakness of its User Interface and the AI for subordinate
units detracted significantly from its playability.
Rather to my surprise I've found copies of this game are still available on
Web-Grognards. Payment and ordering information in
these downloads is outdated.
However, if you've played the Waterloo scenario and feel you'd like to have the Ligny and
Quartre Bra ones mail me by clicking here.
I'll e-mail you a free but generic copy. No warranty and the offer may not last.
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