Borodino 1812
Napoleon’s Great Gamble


Written by Philip Haythornthwaite

Illustrated by Peter Dennis

This is a 96 page book from Osprey Publishing’s Campaign series that is number 246.

This Campaigns Book takes a look at Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. This was one of the largest invasions of its time and pitted the armies of Russian Tsar Alexander I against Napoleon’s Grande Armee. This book takes a look at this event in 1812 and provides the reader with a well written concise insight into Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and Tsar Alexanders plans to thwart this invasion.

The contents of this book are laid out in a logical manner to lead the reader through the events of the period. The contents of this book are:


  • The Road To Borodino
  • Chronology
  • Opposing Commanders
    • French Commanders
    • The Tsar’s Generals
  • Opposing Plans and Forces
    • Napoleon’s Plans
    • The Tsar’s Resources
    • Orders of Battle
  • The Invasion
    • Smolensk
    • Kutuzov takes Command
  • The Battle of Borodino
    • The Battlefield
    • Napoleon’s arrival and the Shevardino Redoubt
    • The Battle Begins
    • The Russian Left
    • The Centre
    • Semenovskaya
    • The Russian Right Wing
    • The Fall of the Great Redoubt
    • he Battle Ends
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Bibliography
  • Index

As you can see from the “Contents”, there is a lot of information packed into this 96 book.

“Borodino 1812, Napoleon’s Great Gamble” will interest a wide range of readers because of the mix of information presented in this book. This book contains full color battlescenes, a large number of illustratiions, 3-dimensional bird’s-eye-views, and numerous maps all of which complement the written information. Borodino will be of interest to the historian, figure painter and especially the wargamer because of all the information provided. Borodino 1812 is an excellent book detailing this important battle of history.

This book is available from Osprey Publications.

This book is available in three formats and they are;

Paperback Book


ePub eBook


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