Napoleon's 1796 Italian campaign

Feldzug von 1796 in Italien. English
Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831, author

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  • "Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) is considered one of the greatest military theorists and historians of the modern era. While he is best known for the monumental Vom Krieg (On War), he wrote several other important works, one of which is Der Feldzug von 1796 in Italien (The 1796 Italian Campaign). It was published in 1833, two years after Clausewitz's death. The Italian Campaign was a crucial episode in the wars of the French Revolution and cemented Napoleon's reputation as a military genius, but Clausewitz's history has been relatively neglected, primarily because it has never been translated into English. Murray and Pringle's translation will make accessible in English one of the most important campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars and will provide students, scholars, and others with a tool for more effective and accurate textual analysis of Clausewitz's theoretical writings"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-308) and index.
  • In English translated from the original German.


  • The context of the campaign -- The opening of the campaign to the Battle of Dego -- The defeat of Piedmont -- Bonaparte crosses the Po -- Bonaparte's situation -- The first campaign for Mantua -- The changing strategic situation -- The second campaign for Mantua -- The campaign and battle of Arcole -- The crushing of Austria in Italy -- The 1797 Campaign in the Alps -- Conclusions
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