The ‘untold’ Napoleonic Wars
Volume 4 of the Brandt Family Chronicles
By Oliver Fairfax
It’s 1813, Paul Brandt returns to Berlin from London with news for the Tsar. But family matters must be postponed, like all life’s pleasures and pastimes because, yet again, the rapacious Bonaparte has invaded. He has Berlin in his sights and he must be stopped.
The reformers, Clausewitz, Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Blucher together with von Boyen try to make the Allied armies work together, rather than as independent commands, as they are used to do.
Progress is slow and the losses mount. But a strategy grows out of the bloodshed.
Paul must don his uniform again, and leading his troop, rides to find his old mentor, General Yorck. At the Battle of the Elbe he and his men are bloodied in battle when his scouting troop is used as cavalry. The Allies push on to Paris but, one step at a time.
The Battle of Nations turns into the world’s largest cavalry battle and right after it comes the Battle for Leipzig itself. For the soldiers, their lives are of fighting without end until death itself.
Paul must raise the legend of The Angel of Jena again as the Allies tempt the Saxons to defect from Bonaparte. And at Leipzig there is the problem of the French retreat. Bonaparte’s forces, complete with the remnants of his cavalry and artillery are escaping so they can reform to fight again. How can they be stopped?
Paul’s war ends at Leipzig. He returns to Berlin and thence to London, where many adventures spring out at him. He even finds himself aboard a sinking ship in the Elizabeth River in Virginia. Paris falls to the Tsar’s armies and war is over.
But news arrives that Bonaparte has escaped and is raising a new army. Paul returns to Berlin and joins the Prussian forces to face down the French invader for the last time. But can August Gneisenau make the English understand the value of the Trachtenberg Plan? Because if he can’t the battle might be lost and Europe with it.
The Battle of Waterloo will unfold with you in it. And it is not as it has been portrayed. The weapons are different and so are the tactics. Nonetheless, as any seasoned campaigner will confirm, as the rain stops on Sunday lunchtime and generals survey the battlefield, it is obvious that Napoleon Bonaparte will be victorious.
But appearances can be deceptive and that is a critical ingredient of the Trachtenberg Plan.
ABOUT THE BRANDT FAMILY CHRONICLES
The series, at the time of writing, comprises eight books ranging from the Napoleonic Wars (Vols 1-4), through The Franco-Prussian War (Vols 5,6), to the Cold War (Vol 7) and the present day (Vol 9). (Volume 8 is to come soon.) They start at a time when Germany was conceived and develop through its birth to modern times. (1950). The thread is the Brandt Family and their adventures. The environment is German history.
History is written by the winner and, from ace to knave, it’s a pack of lies. These books are not German history. They are a unique view of German history and the stories are told from this deserted and neglected standpoint.
This, so-far, unilluminated emphasis discloses both a disguised truth and a hidden one. Germany is not the warmonger it has been painted and as the series develops, readers’ curiosity may be piqued into checking to see if they agree with the author’s conclusions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Oliver Fairfax is a nomad. A Scot by birth, he has wandered from England to Hong Kong and back – twice. He has lived in France and now in New Zealand. He worries that a generation is rising who cannot tell the difference between a citizen and a subject.
He is concerned about the pervasive growth of regulation that cannot be afforded, cannot be complied with, but that seeks to remove free choice. He worries also about political correctness and the suppression of dissonance being two policies that misinform ordinary people’s decision-making processes.
But those irritants aside, life’s great! – and remember, you should never have joined if you can’t take a joke.