Batsford, 1st ed., 1978. 191 pp., 1 map + 20 plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Napoleon’s cavalry had a picturesque quality that belied its ruthless methods and tremendous service record. Alongside its battle-scarred veterans rode inexperienced young conscripts who never acquired their older comrades’ lust for victory, though they came to share their philosophy. On a score of battlefields Napoleon’s cavalry nevertheless rose above their faults of drunkenness, brutality and indiscipline, due largely to the confidence they placed in the most brilliant group of horse generals ever contained in one European army. In this gripping account of the most remarkable cavalry force in history, the author illuminates the character of its soldiers and their leaders, the reasons for its triumphs, and the facts of its destruction by drawing heavily on material largely unknown to English-speaking leaders.