The Campaign In Alsace 1870

J. P. Du Cane

The Campaign in Alsace 1870 presents an excellent military history of two important battles during the opening rounds of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. On 4 August 1870, General Abel Douay's French division was surprised and virtually destroyed by Bavarian and Prussian troops at Wissembourg.
Publication date:
January 2010
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
8 maps, 10 illustrations
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Overview
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• A fresh study on the opening rounds of the Franco-Prussian War and the resulting implications of such events

The Campaign in Alsace 1870 presents an excellent military history of two important battles during the opening rounds of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. On 4 August 1870, General Abel Douay's French division was surprised and virtually destroyed by Bavarian and Prussian troops at Wissembourg.

Two days later, at one of the decisive battles of the war, McMahon's I Corps was heavily defeated by the Germans at the Battle of Worth. This defeat caused the irreparable splitting of the French Imperial Army, which was to have fatal consequences for Napoleon III.

The author offers an incisive and well-organised account of these two important actions. Full orders of battle are included for both French and German forces, with a number of maps tracing the action from beginning to end.

About the Author
J.P. Du Cane has spent many years researching the Franco-Prussian wars. This is Du Cane's first book on the subject.

REVIEWS

France and Germany have rarely ever gotten along throughout their history. "The Campaign in Alsace: August 1870" is another chapter in the two states tumultuous history. J. P. Du Cane covers the entire conflict in full from a military perspective, the major battles of the campaign til the end. For anyone who is seeking an in-depth coverage of this campaign from both sides complete with maps and much more, "The Campaign in Alsace" is an excellent pick, one that would do well in any military history collection.
Midwest Book Review