Napoleon's unrivalled career of victory was due not only to his genius, but also to the efficient system of command by which he controlled his armies. This, the second of two books looking at Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters, focuses on his campaign headquarters, examining the integration of the military and civil households within both the campaign and battlefield headquarters. The headquarters' organisation and lines of communication are discussed in detail as are Marshal Berthier's (chief of general staff) staff departments which included intelligence and the commissariat.
Ronald Pawly, born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1956, is a member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies. He has contributed to two major French reference works, 'Repertoire Mondial des Souvenirs Napoleonien' and 'Dictionnaire des Colonels de Napoleon'. He has written several books for Osprey, including Men-at-Arms 378: 'Napoleon's Guards of Honour', and Elite 115: 'Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (1) Organization and Personnel'. Patrice Courcelle was born in France in 1950 and has been a professional illustrator for some 20 years. Entirely self-taught, his dramatic and lucid style has won him widespread admiration in the field of military illustration. Patrice lives a few miles from the battlefield of Waterloo with his wife and son.