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Leggiere, Michael V. 1969-

Overview
Works: 33 works in 115 publications in 3 languages and 1,836 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Michael V Leggiere
The fall of Napoleon by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon's empire. With over a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principle army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete, English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland
Napoleon and Berlin : the Franco-Prussian war in North Germany, 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? On four separate occasions during the Campaign of 1813, Napoleon unleashed French armies against Berlin, and each time his efforts ended in failure. In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V. Leggiere explores Napoleon's almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately cost him all of Germany." "Napoleon's motives have remained a subject of controversy from his own day until ours. Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. Napoleon hoped to deliver a tremendous blow to Prussia's war-making capacity and morale. Leggiere argues that ironically the heavy losses and strategic reverses the French sustained in this questionable undertaking left Napoleon's Grande Armee vulnerable to an Allied coalition that eventually drove Napoleon from Central Europe forever." "Based on research in archives throughout France and Germany, this book is the first English-language history of Prussia's "War of Liberation" and of its mobilization and use of the Landwehr, the Prussian militia. Most works on Napoleon mention the defense of Berlin only in passing. This book proves that Prussia's victory over the French decisively contributed to Napoleon's defeat in 1813. Not only did the Prussians change the course of the war, but their victories made future Prussian and German armies the envy of the world."--Jacket
Napoleon and the struggle for Germany : the Franco-Prussian War of 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first comprehensive history of the campaign that determined control of Germany following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the Great Powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history which covers the full sweep of the battle for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy and civil-military relations. He shows how Russian war weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, resulting in the crisis that almost ended the Sixth Coalition in early June. In a single campaign, Napoleon drove the Russo-Prussian army from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo-Prussian alliance was perilously close to imploding only to be saved at the eleventh-hour by an armistice"--
Blücher : scourge of Napoleon by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most colorful characters in the Napoleonic pantheon, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742-1819) is best known as the Prussian general who, along with the Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Throughout his long career, Blücher distinguished himself as a bold commander, but his actions at times appeared erratic and reckless. This magnificent biography by Michael V. Leggiere, an award-winning historian of the Napoleonic Wars, is the first scholarly book in English to explore Blücher's life and military career--and his impact on Napoleon. Drawing on exhaustive research in European archives, Leggiere eschews the melodrama of earlier biographies and offers instead a richly nuanced portrait of a talented leader who, contrary to popular perception, had a strong grasp of military strategy. Nicknamed "Marshal Forward" by his soldiers, he in fact retreated more often than he attacked. Focusing on the campaigns of 1813, 1814, and 1815, Leggiere evaluates the full effects of Blücher's operations on his archenemy. In addition to providing military analysis, Leggiere draws extensively from Blücher's own writings to reveal the man behind the legend. Though tough as nails on the outside, Blücher was a loving family man who deplored the casualties of war. This meticulously written biography, enhanced by detailed maps and other illustrations, fills a large gap in our understanding of a complex man who, for all his flaws and eccentricities, is justly credited with releasing Europe from the yoke of Napoleon's tyranny
Napoleon and the struggle for Germany : the Franco-Prussian war of 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

15 editions published in 2015 in English and German and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first comprehensive history of the campaign that determined control of Germany following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the Great Powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history which covers the full sweep of the battle for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy and civil-military relations. He shows how Russian war weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, resulting in the crisis that almost ended the Sixth Coalition in early June. In a single campaign, Napoleon drove the Russo-Prussian army from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo-Prussian alliance was perilously close to imploding only to be saved at the eleventh-hour by an armistice"
Napoleon and the operational art of war : essays in honor of Donald D. Horward by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and French and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Napoleon and the Operational Art of War, the leading scholars of Napoleonic military history provide the most authoritative analysis of Napoleon's battlefield success and ultimate failure. Napoleon's development and mastery of the operational art of warfare is revealed as each chapter analyzes one Napoleonic war or major campaign of a war. To achieve this, the essays conform to the common themes of Napoleon's planning, his command and control, his execution of plans, and the response of his adversaries. Napoleon's sea power and the British response to the French challenge at sea is also investigated. Overall, this volume reflects the finest scholarship and cutting-edge research to be found in Napoleonic Military History. Contributors include Jonathan Abel, Robert M. Citino, Huw Davies, Mark T. Gerges, John H. Gill, Jordan Hayworth, Kenneth G. Johnson, Michael V. Leggiere, Kevin D. McCranie, Alexander Mikaberidze, Frederick C. Schneid, John Severn, Dennis Showalter, Geoffrey Wawro, and John F. Weinzierl"--
The fall of Napoleon by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First complete English-language account of the invasion of Napoleonic France in 1813?1814 -- Utilizes both public and private archival material from France, Germany, and Austria -- Will expand Gordon Craig?s noteworthy treatise on the problems of coalition warfare" -- publisher website (December 2007)
The fall of Napoleon by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon's empire. With more than a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principal army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland
Napoleon and Berlin : the Napoleontic wars in Prussia, 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon and the struggle for Germany, Volume 1, The War of Liberation, spring 1813 : the Franco-Prussian War of 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first comprehensive history of the campaign that determined control of Germany following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael V. Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the great powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history that covers the full sweep of the battle for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy, and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy, and civil-military relations. He shows how Russian war weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, resulting in the crisis that almost ended the Sixth Coalition in early June. In a single campaign, Napoleon drove the Russo-Prussian army from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo-Prussian alliance was perilously close to imploding, only to be saved at the eleventh-hour by an armistice
Napoleon and the struggle for Germany, Volume 2, The defeat of Napoleon : the Franco-Prussian War of 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first comprehensive history of the decisive Fall Campaign of 1813, which determined control of Central Europe following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia the previous year. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, Michael V. Leggiere provides a panoramic history which covers the full sweep of the struggle in Germany. He shows how Prussia, the weakest of the Great Powers, led the struggle against Napoleon and his empire. By reconstructing the principal campaigns and operations in Germany, the book reveals how the defeat of Napoleon in Germany was made possible by Prussian victories. In particular, it features detailed analysis of the strategy, military operations, and battles in Germany that culminated with the epic four-day Battle of Nations at Leipzig and Napoleon's retreat to France. This study not only highlights the breakdown of Napoleon's strategy in 1813, but constitutes a fascinating study in coalition warfare, international relations, and civil-military relations
The fall of Napoleon, Volume 1, The allied invasion of France, 1813-1814 by Michael V Leggiere( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon's empire. With more than a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principal army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland
Napoleon and the struggle for Germany : the Franco-Prussian war of 1813 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first comprehensive history of the campaign that determined control of Germany following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael V. Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the great powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history that covers the full sweep of the battle for Germany from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy, and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy, and civil-military relations. He shows how Russian war weariness conflicted with Prussian impetuosity, resulting in the crisis that almost ended the Sixth Coalition in early June. In a single campaign, Napoleon drove the Russo-Prussian army from the banks of the Saale to the banks of the Oder. The Russo-Prussian alliance was perilously close to imploding, only to be saved at the eleventh-hour by an armistice
Napoleon and the struggle for Germany by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of Napoleon by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of Napoleon( Book )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life, letters and campaigns of Friedrich Wilhelm Graf Bülow Von Dennewitz, 1755-1816 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacques-Antoine-Hippolyte, comte de Guibert : father of the Grande Armée by Jonathan Abel( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The allied invasion of France, 1813-1814 by Michael V Leggiere( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon's empire. With more than a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principal army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland
The Prussian reform movement 1806-1813 by Michael V Leggiere( )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Leggiere, Michael 1969-

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