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Sedan 1870: The Eclipse of France [Format Kindle]

Douglas Fermer

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The Franco-Prussian War was a turning point in the history of nineteenth-century Europe, and the Battle of Sedan was the pivotal event in that war.

For the Germans their overwhelming victory symbolized the birth of their nation, forged in steel and tempered in the blood of the common enemy. For the French it was a defeat more complete and humiliating than Waterloo.

Douglas Fermer’s fresh study of this traumatic moment in European history reconsiders how the mutual fear and insecurity of two rival nations tempted their governments to seek a solution to domestic tensions by waging war against each other. His compelling narrative shows how war came about, and how the dramatic campaign of summer 1870 culminated in a momentous clash of arms at Sedan. He gives fascinating insights into the personalities and aims of the politicians and generals involved, but focuses too on the experiences of ordinary soldiers and civilians.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Pen & Sword (19 septembre 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating Story of this Climatic Battle 19 octobre 2012
Par J. Groen - Publié sur
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The Battle of Sedan was the climatic battle of the Franco-Prussian war and was fought on September 1, 1870. The ultimate result of this battle was the defeat of France, who really continued fighting until February, 1871, and the creation of Germany. Further, this battle resulted in a enmity between France and Germany that continued through World War I and II, after which the two countries finally decided to resolve their differences peacefully.

This book is a fascinating study of the events leading up to this battle: the start of the Franco-Prussian War, the early battle at Froeschwiller and to a lesser extent Gravelotte/St. Privat and Mars Le Tour, and the maneuvering between the armies leading up to the battle of Sedan.

The book does a good job of telling the story from a political/strategic perspective, but what was most fascinating to me was the descriptions and experiences at the line soldier and officer level. Both the Battles of Sedan and Froeschwiller are treated to this level of detail. It was clear from the descriptions of the battles that the French soldiers were not to blame for these defeats. The primary reasons for the French defeat/Prussian victory were the incomptence of the French generals and the competence of the Prussian generals and the Prussian artillery. The battle of Sedan especially provided a future glimpse of the importance of artillery to future wars (World War I and II). The practice of medicine on the battlefield was also an interesting aspect of the book.

I highly recommend this book for any reader interested in 19th century history of Europe. It is highly readable and provides a fascinating perspective of war of that period from the perspective of the individual soldier.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 forgotten conflict 27 novembre 2012
Par david l. poremba - Publié sur
Among the forgotten conflicts of the nineteenth century is the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871; fought between rival nations France and Prussia (Germany), it was a turning point in the history of nineteenth-century Europe. For the Germans, it was the third and final war which unified their nation from a collection of separate kingdoms, duchies, etc., into one country. For the French, it was a disaster more complete and dispiriting than Waterloo, fought in 1815. The Battle of Sedan, which took place during the summer of 1870, was a tremendous clash of arms and the pivotal event in the war. An entire French army surrendered, along with the Emperor Napoleon III, who had ruled France for over twenty years and who was considered by many to be the most powerful monarch in Europe. When news of the defeat reached Paris, it began a revolution that deposed his dynasty. Frenchmen could neither understand nor forgive the disaster he had brought to the country.

Many were the innovative strategies and tactics practiced in this conflict that were to be used to near perfection in 1914 and after. Author Fermer is at his best in describing them amidst the collection of personalities involved. His use of first person sources from all ranks and walks of life makes this a compelling read.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read 5 mars 2013
Par Yn - Publié sur
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This book delivers, and I enjoyed it. A Quick and insightful look at the events leading up to and subsequent battle of Sedan. If you like military history, and are interested in Prussian tactics, this is for you. My only complaint is the maps are difficult to view on my kindle.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good account of forgotten battle 14 janvier 2015
Par Phil Historian - Publié sur
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Most readers aware of the French-German conflict usually think of Verdun, Hitler's invasion, or even Napoleon. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 was a very important moment in European history, and one of it's biggest battles was Sedan, in September 1870. I am French, and did not know this was our nation's worst defeat since Waterloo. The Germans had a big victory here, and they won the war, but we won both World Wars. On a further note, if I could travel back in time, I would take AK-47s to the French soldiers here.
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