A great battle of the Franco-Prussian conflict. These two accounts of the battle of Sedan in 1870 have been combined for good value to enable readers to gain a balanced overview of the action from different perspectives. What makes these accounts particularly interesting is that they were written not only by authors who were able to view the events without the impediment of national bias but because both were present on the field of battle itself. So this excellent book offers the reader a history an analysis first-hand eyewitness accounts the accounts and views of other witnesses and participants and a number of anecdotes including those concerning General Sheridan. This most significant of battles of the Franco-Prussian War came about as the numerically superior French Army under MacMahon attempted to relieve the siege of Metz. That attempt failed as the French were defeated at Beaumont. Moltke Bismarck and the king Wilhelm I subsequently cornered the French at Sedan and surrounded them. The Emperor Napoleon III was with the French forces and unable to escape suffered the humiliation of both defeat and personal capture. This battle typified the pattern of the Franco-Prussian War which following the lessons of the American Civil War took armed conflict on its first steps into the industrial age. All of those lessons had been learnt by the Prussians and very few of them by the French whose view of warfare and especially of the Prussians remained to their cost rooted in the experiences of another Napoleon and entirely different French and Prussian Armies in the days of the First Empire. Times had changed—the French had been out-planned out-organised out-manoeuvred and out-gunned. Note that this book is also available as a hbk contact us for price.
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