1st ed., 1980 (BCA). 255 pp., cold., frontis., + cold., + b&w ills., + maps & ill., e.p.’s. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Top edge of d.j., a little creased o/w V.G.+. Breaking with the formality of eighteenth century tactics, Napoleon Bonaparte brought new flexibility to the battlefield. Previously the tactical strait-jacket of deploying into line had made fluid battles impossible, but under Napoleon's generalship the élan and dash of the French army proved to be of the greatest advantage. The superiority of the French war-machine lasted for over a decade, until its enemies adapted to the new techniques and the reality of massed warfare made France's defeat inevitable. In his second volume in this series about warfare throughout history, complete in itself, the author deals with the way in which the armies and navies of the time fought, how they were commanded, how they were (or were not) supplied with food and ammunition, and how they communicated with each other. The battles of Tourcoing, Castiglione, Marengo, Eylau, Salamanaca, and Waterloo, together with the twin sea battles of Algeciras, are taken as detailed examples. Acclaimed and diversely illustrated.