Marengo 1800

Marengo 1800

Napoleon's day of fate

Campaign 70
  • Author: David Hollins
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: CAM 70
  • Publication Date: 25 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9781855329652
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 112
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About this Product

Having returned from Egypt and seized power as First Consul, Napoleon led the Army of the Reserve against the Austrian Army besieging Genoa. After a period of skirmishing and manoeuvring, Melas, the Austrian commander, launched a surprise attack on the morning of 14 June. The attack initially drove the French back to Marengo village and, despite committing the Consular Guard, by 3pm the French were retreating. Believing he had won, the wounded Melas left the field to his Chief-of-Staff, Zach. The timely arrival of Desaix's Division led by Kellerman's cavalry and the 9e Légère threw the Austrians into confusion, turned the battle in Napoleon's favour, thus securing his position as First Consul. It could have been very different.

Biographical Note

Christa Hook is one of Osprey's most popular illustrators, a reputation justly deserved given the perfect blend of attention to detail and narrative realisation that penetrates her work. Her work for Osprey to date includes several joint collaborations with her father Richard, as well as Warrior 1 Norman Knight, Warrior 10 Saracen Faris, and Campaign 56 Eggmühl 1809.


Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies
Opposing plans
Marengo Phase 1
Marengo Phase 2
The Battlefield today
Guide to Further Reading

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