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The Secret Expedition

The Anglo-Russian Invasion of Holland 1799

Series : From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 #19

Author : Geert van Uythoven

The Secret Expedition : The Anglo-Russian Invasion of Holland 1799


General - Pages : 448 | Images : 23 b/w photos, 22 b/w ills. 15 b/w maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : March 2021 | Edition : Reprint | Size : 245mm x 170mm | ISBN : 9781914059131 | Helion Book Code : HEL1306

Hardback - Date of Publication : September 2018 | Size : 245mm x 170mm | ISBN : 9781912390205 | Helion Book Code : HEL0912

In 1799, as part of the Second Coalition against France, an Anglo-Russian army landed in Holland to overthrow the Batavian Republic and to reinstate the Stadtholder William V of Orange. Initially called ‘The Secret Expedition’, although not really a secret for both sides, the description of the invasion reads like a novel. Five major battles were fought between armies of four different nations, with unexpected deeds of heroism and unexpected defeats. There were secret negotiations and rumours of bribery. More than enough ingredients for biased opinions, historical errors, and incorrect information copied from historians up to this day. The aim of this book is to give a balanced, detailed, and complete account of the events taking place during the invasion: the preparations on both sides, detailed descriptions of the battles as well as the events taking place at sea and in the eastern provinces of the Batavian Republic. Also giving new opinions on questions like: What were the causes of ‘The Secret Expedition’? Did Brune indeed delay reinforcing the Batavians? What caused the frequent panics in the participating armies? Were the French veteran troops and the Batavians soldiers unreliable? How was the treaty closed? The book is based on source material from all participating countries, including numerous firsthand accounts of eye-witnesses and contemporaries, providing the reader with a mirror to the past.


"This very good synthesis can be used to reconstruct the battles of this campaign." VaeVictis


"All in all, this is another quality production from Helion." Miniature Wargames "The book is lavishly illustrated and also has some excellent maps. It is well worth a read – especially if the Revolutionary Wars are your thing, but even in general it is still a very good and interesting read – especially when you read about the outcomes (and fallout) for the armies that fought there… Highly recommended." Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy


“Taken altogether, Uythoven has produced a solid contribution to the neglected field of French Revolutionary War history, and a much-needed corrective to an overly British view of the struggle. These are undeniable advantages that should recommend this book to any scholar of military operations during the wars with revolutionary France.” British Journal of Military History


"... The Secret Expedition is a welcome book as a detailed account of the campaign from all sides involved. It should serve as a point of reference about events and people involved in them and will hopefully allow further research into this interesting episode in the French Wars period." Army Historical Research


"......a well-founded, deeply researched, and informative book on a military campaign that has been too often overlooked. It will be of interest to a wide audience including academic and general readers, and all those interested in the wars of the Revolutionary period." The Napoleon Series

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