In the Spring of 1848, revolution threatened to sweep away the old order throughout Europe. In the Austrian-occupied north of Italy, newly nurtured nationalism, further fuelled by economic issues, prompted open revolt in Lombardy and Venetia. The Austrian army in Italy, commanded by 82 year old Field Marshal Radetzky, soon saw itself under further threat from the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont, that of Naples, and the Papal States, as well as thousands of volunteers, all determined to rid Italy of the occupier.
Seemingly under attack from all sides, the Austrian Army was forced to concentrate in the famous 'Quadrilateral', formed by the fortress cities of Peschiera, Mantua, Legnago, and Verona, losing deserters by the thousand, to prepare for the war to follow, a war that would continue into the following year.
This volume narrates the remarkable tale of how one old general quite possibly saved an empire. With iron will, the great personal affection of his men, and some luck, Radetzky maintained his army, and finally defeated his opponents. Such was the impact of the 1848 campaign, that Johann Strauss the Elder wrote the 'Radetzky March', in the Field Marshal's honour!
The comprehensive story of the revolts and the subsequent military campaigns is recounted here, taken from many and varied sources, including a considerable number of contemporary and first-hand accounts, as well official reports from all sides.
Continuing Helion's successful series of 19th Century European campaign studies, this book has been produced in a limited-edition hardback printing of 500 copies (all individually numbered and signed by the author). Radetzky's Marches is profusely illustrated in both colour and black-and-white, and is accompanied by maps (some colour), charts, diagrams and extensive orders-of-battle.
"...a great book. Well researched, hyper detailed, nicely written and with a good number of quality illustrations and maps. Perhaps quite a narrow appeal but why should that be seen as a criticism. Books like this should exist and whilst calling it worthy might be seen as giving it an unhelpful label it certainly is worthy of being read and appreciated by as wide an audience as possible! So if you want to see what re soldiering was like in the nineteenth century forget the wars of mass of Napoleon or the amateurism of the Crimea, follow in the footsteps of a true professional, follow the marches of Radetzky!" The Wargamer.com
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