Solferino 1859

The battle for Italy’s Freedom

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Solferino 1859

The battle for Italy’s Freedom

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Osprey's Campaign title for the battle of Solferino (1859), which was the decisive action of the Franco-Austrian War. Fought near Lake Garda in northern Italy, it was the largest European battle since Leipzig in 1813 with over a quarter of a million combatants. In the presence of three crowned heads of state - Napoleon III of France, Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria and Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia (later the King of all Italy) - the armies clashed in a bitterly fought contest that would leave more than 40,000 dead and give the battle a reputation for savagery that would inspire not only the formation of the Red Cross, but also the first Geneva Convention. As a crucial climax to the Second Italian War of Independence, this title covers the build-up to the battle, including actions at Montebello, Palestro and Magenta that led to the decisive moment of the campaign. Full-color battlescene artwork and detailed maps illustrate this comprehensive account of the commanders, armies, plans and aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles of the period.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing forces /Opposing plans /The Solferino campaign /After the battle /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Apr 21 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846033858
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 32 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 207
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter Dennis

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