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Book 1 of 2 in the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 Series.

Book 1 of 2 in the Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 Series. Barry offers up the most complete and comprehensive study of the war currently in print, even more detailed than Douglas Fermer's two books on the subject, "Sedan 1870" and "France At Bay". These books are not for the casual reader, however, or someone not already familiar with the Franco-Prussian War.

of the Austria Prussian War of 1866, before exploring the initial mobilization and deployment of the armies in 1870.

The author places Moltke and his strategic planning in the context of the European balance of power following the ending of the Austria Prussian War of 1866, before exploring the initial mobilization and deployment of the armies in 1870.

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FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR 1870-71 VOLUME 1, THE: The Campaign Of Sedan. Helmuth Von Moltke And The Overthrow Of The Second Empire (v. 1). Solihull, West Midl: Hellion/Drexell Hill, P. Casemate, 2007. Barry has given us a look at two areas that both earlier works cover in less detail. First, he provides more tactical detail about battles and engagements, in addition covering more of them than just the major actions. This not only gives the reader a much better idea of how battles were fought in the period, but also helps explain how small actions often had cumulative effects on the course of operations.

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Quintin Barry is a solicitor and retired Employment Judge. His latest book is a history of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. He has also held a variety of offices in both the public and private sector, including the NHS and local radio. He is presently Secretary General of an international group of law firms. He has had a lifelong interest in history, and has published a number of books on nineteenth century military history, with particular reference to the Wars of German Unification. His latest book is a history of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878

In the second part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War, the author continues his narrative from the fall of the Second Empire until the ending of the war, and the founding of a unified Germany

In the second part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War, the author continues his narrative from the fall of the Second Empire until the ending of the war, and the founding of a unified Germany. The war against the Government of National Defense presented quite different problems to von Moltke and his staff.

Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871. Volume 1: The Campaign of Sedan. Barry offers up the most complete and comprehensive study of the war currently in print, even more detailed than Douglas Fermer's two books on the subject, "Sedan 1870" and "France At Bay"

Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871.

In the first part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War, Quintin Barry presents a detailed account of the war against the French Imperial Army waged by the armies of the German Confederation, directed by that supreme military mind, Helmuth von Moltke. The author places Moltke and his strategic planning in the context of the European balance of power following the ending of the Austria Prussian War of 1866, before exploring the initial mobilization and deployment of the armies in 1870.All of the battles of this opening round of the war are described in detail, including Weissenburg, Worth, Spicheren, Borny-Colombey, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte, Beaumont and, of course, Sedan. The book ends as the Second Empire of Napoleon III lies defeated, crushed by the German armies directed by von Moltke. The author has made full use of an extensive number of German and French language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided.

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SlingFire
The topic is quite interesting. Of note is that the same way 'Germany ' and France went to war in August 1870 greatly resembles how they went to war in August 1914.
Per the Kindle Edition, the text is hard to follow because of the poor maps. They'd be fine in a full-size print edition, but in Kindle they are unreadable.
Further, the Appendices are also useless, with headings jumbled single-column down the left margins.
Still, much useful info for the $2.99 price.
Rit
This is a very detailed and well researched review of the Franco-Prussian war through the battle of Sedan. The book does an excellent job of following the military units up to the major battles and spends one chapter on each major battle with a couple of chapters on Sedan.

The only issue that I have with the book is that the maps are next to useless. I found myself trying to following the military units using the maps and it was next to impossible. Instead, I used the book, the Battle of Sedan to help me in this effort.

I don't recommend this book unless you are really interested, like I am, in this historical period and its impact on the future of Europe (which was major).
Era
(Note: This review is for both Volumes 1 and 2 of Quintin Barry's "The Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71").

For any serious student of the Franco-Prussian War, this two-volume account by Quintin Barry would have to be considered "must reading". Barry offers up the most complete and comprehensive study of the war currently in print, even more detailed than Douglas Fermer's two books on the subject, "Sedan 1870" and "France At Bay". These books are not for the casual reader, however, or someone not already familiar with the Franco-Prussian War. For more introductory accounts, either Warwo's or Howard's works would be more appropriate. But for those who really want to submerge themselves in the war, right down to the "nuts and bolts", then I would highly recommend Barry's two-volume history.

Barry has a very good writing style, which can usually overcome the sometimes very dry nature of the subject. As I mentioned, Barry's works are highly detailed, and give almost daily movements of French and especially German units, as well as clashes both large and small, for every campaign of the war. In fact, the level of such detail, especially in covering some of the lesser-known campaigns chronicled in Volume 2, can get a bit tedious. Thankfully Barry is skilled enough as a writer to enliven the subject wherever he can. Still, for all the detail, I wouldn't recommend Barry for those seeking alot of anecdotal information from the private soldier's point of view. Barry mostly confines himself to unit movement and action, and the thoughts and motivations of the commanding generals.

It helps to have good maps handy to follow the movements that are so heavily detailed in these books. Sadly, the maps given are definitely the weakest point of these volumes -- they are small and smudgy, black & white only, and appear to be very old reprints. The units are statically indicated on them, and poorly marked out. And while some maps do indicate unit locations at different times/dates, it's really hard-sledding to follow the battles and make sense of them. Also, indicators of movement (such as arrows) are not used. The maps also tend to give too much information -- as far as irrelevant topographical features, such as marking out every stream, road, and tiny village, all of which tends to interfere with the necessary information they're trying to convey... these maps are simply too "busy". After getting used to full-color, topographical maps of, say, the Osprey Series (including excellent three-quarter views of battlefields), these maps hugely disappoint. I actually ended up following the text along on such superior maps as I could find in other books or off the internet, which helped me get the feel of the action being described. I would recommend any reader to do the same, instead of relying on the maps given! Barry does provide a wealth of drawings of the actions and portraits/photographs of the various participants.

Both volumes are written definitely more from the German point of view than the French, but this fact is highlighted in the books' subtitle: "Helmuth von Moltke and the Overthrow of the Second Empire" and "Helmuth von Molkte and the Defeat of the Government of National Defense". Barry gives top priority to chronicling Moltke's plans, orders, and thoughts, which is actually very wise, because the war was so largely fought on Moltke's terms, not those of any other Germans, nor of their French adversaries. One might wish to have a bit more detailed information on French plans and movements, but due to the relative dearth of French manuscripts to draw on, compared to the vast storehouse of German works available, this is understandable. As the winners of the war, Germans were anxious to publish their accounts, including some very valuable and detailed journals of such participants as Generals Blumenthal, Verdy du Vernois, Waldersee, Stosch, the Crown Prince, Prince Frederick Wilhelm, Colonel Wartensleben, and of course, Helmuth Von Moltke himself.

During the second volume, which chronicles the various thrusts and counter-thrusts of numerous armies around France, as well as the situation in besieged Paris, Barry does a good job of presenting a balanced account, shifting focus as necessary to the various theaters of the war. My only complaint about how the material is presented is in the first volume, where the critically important battles of Mars-la-Tour and Gravelotte-St Privat are each only given one thin chapter apiece, while the anti-climatic Battle of Sedan occupies five whole chapters! Sorry, but I've always regarded the lopsided German victory and French surrender at Sedan as the final and inevitable outcome of a horrible political policy forced upon Marshal MacMahon and his Army of Chalons. Once MacMahon accepted the suicidal course of action being demanded from Paris, it was a foregone conclusion that his army would be penned and defeated, as they were on September 1st.

Yet the smaller scale Battle of Mars-la-Tour on August 16th offered Marshal Bazaine and his beleaguered Army of the Rhine it's best chance of defeating segments of the German army in detail and opening up the road west to Verdun, and hence to Chalons, where Bazaine could unite with MacMahon. The bigger Battle of Gravelotte-St Privat, fought two days later, still offered Bazaine some opportunities for victory and break-out towards his base to the west. It was also the biggest battle of the war by any measure, and had the largest strategic implications. Had the French gained a strategic victory at Gravelotte, then the whole course of the war would have been effected. As it was, the Germans' strategic victory insured that Bazaine and his army would be shut-up in the Metz fortifications until surrendered in late October.

Tactically, the Battle of Gravelotte is, I believe, the most interesting of the war, and offers up so many possibilities and interpretations. While it showed Marshal Bazaine once again to be a timid and weak general, and certainly not up to field-army command, it's also one of the few battles that shows the vaulted German commanders, including Moltke, and the usually reliable staff-work of the army, in a relatively poor light. Gravelotte was hardly a "feather in the cap" for the Germans, and only the muddled and defensive-based thinking of Bazaine saved them from possible disaster, as they flung 4 complete corps haphazardly and with little coordination against immensely strong French defensive positions. Based on the results of the battle, which included the heaviest losses suffered by either side in any battle of the war -- 20,160 dead & wounded Germans (against only 7,855 French killed & wounded) it's difficult to award the tactical victory to the Germans. Their final assault at 8pm against the French extreme right-flank, while very successful, was far too late in the day to allow any follow-up, and the French were given the chance to staunch the rout of their 6th Corps, stabilize their lines for the night, then pull back into Metz the next morning. Sadly, I found Barry's account of this crucial battle to be very weak and cursory, especially when considering the space he devotes to the Battle of Sedan.

Still, that having been said, I can strongly recommend both volumes of Barry's "The Franco-Prussian War" to any student of that war, or of 19th century warfare in general.
Akisame
Military historians owe Quintin Barry a huge pint or two for giving us more than Michael Howard did in his Franco-Prussian War history. The details can be overwhelming; for the reader who seeks battles and vivid conflict, you have to pick and chose your chapters. Barry's two volumes can be as relentless as the Prussian invasion itself. Nonetheless I am gratified to find excellent analysis of most if not all of the major and minor battles of this neglected conflict. My other complaint is directed at the sloppy maps, which are very poor quality. The tiny scale and black-and-white icons make it almost impossible to discern between French and German units. Of course, Howard's maps were just as bad! If only we had maps in color with recognizable markings - - - I guess we'll have to wait for those. Nonetheless, thank you Mr. Barry!
Tall
Thouroughly related. One can easily imagine the different phases of the war, its development and aftermath. I look forward for the reading of the second volume.
Jerinovir
The only mistake I made was getting it on kindle, it is too hard to see the maps. If you like history a very good book
BlessСhild
53% and the book was done rest noted and breakdown of forces
Quintin Barry makes you live this war as if you were a war-reporter, so detailed are the maps that accompany the book (every single battle has its own map, and the position of every regiment is marked! ) and so well explained are the movements of the troops involved in this war between two of the most powerful european nations.
In this first book it is clarified how and why the war began detailing very well all the diplomatic efforts that both nations put in effect to defend their interests and then it is described the campaign of Sedan ended with the fall of the Second Empire and of Napoleon III.
The book explains the technological evolution of the weapons and the different organization of the two armies in the last years before this war, how the French Army seemed to emerge as the strongest army after the Second Italian Indepedence War on 1859 and how instead the Prussian Army through a very professional use of the artillery managed to defeat the Austrian Army on 1866 and the French Army on 1870 and on 1871.
You will not find another book about this war where the mix between the smell of powder and the cold analysis of the historian is better built than on this one.
Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871. Volume 1: The Campaign of Sedan. Helmuth von Moltke and the Overthrow of the Second Empire download epub
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Author: Quintin Barry
ISBN: 1906033455
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Helion and Company; Reprint edition (September 26, 2011)
Pages: 356 pages