The Napoleonic Wars (PARTS 1-6)


The Napoleonic Wars (1803 – 1815) brought upheaval and destruction to Europe on an unprecedented scale. This is the story of the first half of those wars, when Napoleon Bonaparte, self-crowned Emperor of the French, ruled supreme on the battlefield and international stage – the greatest man of his age. But in the midst of victory, the seeds of his eventual downfall were sown.

This video is a compilation of the first six episodes of Epic History TV’s Napoleonic Wars series.

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📚Recommended books on the Napoleonic Wars, all of which were consulted in the creation of this series (as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):

Primary sources:
📖The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter
📖Memoirs of an Aide de Camp of Napoleon by General Count Philippe de Ségur
📖Chasseur Barres by Jean-Baptiste Barres
📖Memoirs of General Count Rapp
📖Imperial Glory: The Bulletins of Napoleon’s Grande Armée 1805 – 1814 by J.David Markham
📖Napoleon on Napoleon Somerset de Chair (ed.)

Secondary sources:
📖Napoleon’s Wars: An International History by Charles Esdaile
📖Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts
📖The Illustrated Napoleon by David G. Chandler
📖On the Napoleonic Wars by David G. Chandler
📖The Peninsular War: A New History by Charles Esdaile
📖The Napoleonic Wars by Todd Fisher
📖La Grande Armée by Georges Blond
📖Tactics & The Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon by Rory Muir
📖Weapons & Equipment of the Napoleonic Wars by Philip Haythornthwaite

From the Osprey Campaign series: (
📖Austerlitz 1805 by Ian Castle
📖Jena 1806 by David G. Chandler
📖Corunna 1809 by Philip Haythornthwaite
📖Talavera 1809 by René Chartrand
📖Eggmühl 1809 by Ian Castle
📖Aspern & Wagram 1809 by Ian Castle
📖Salamanca 1812 by Ian Fletcher


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  1. God, Bernadotte is the total Black Sheep/outcast/loafer of the Marshals. Slow at Aurestadt, his men losing dispatches in Poland; it's amazing he retained enough of a rep to get the Swedish Crown. Although perhaps they knew his discontent with Napoleon and thought he'd turncoat during war against his former brothers; and do so with inside information. *Note, I have not read much about Bernadotte's ascendancy to the throne and the machinations behind it, so it's likely everything I just wrote is not true!

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