This week I've been reading "The Road to Rivoli" by Martin Boycott-Brown. The book is OOP but I got a copy last year via a bookseller dealing in ex library books. It came at a good price and great condition, although my wife keeps wondering when I will return it to the library!
Last summer Curt ran a 100 Days Campaign using Blucher, which hot me thinking about creating a similar campaign based on the early Italian campaigns. Of course that went no further than the "I wonder and Wikipedia" stage, and by the time this book arrived I was on to chains new squirrels. This summer Curt is running a second Blucher campaign based on Austerlitz, with me playing the French. This will be blogged about but I am holding my cards close to my chest.
But the new campaign got my thinking again, and that got me reading....stayed tuned but I be got far more progress this year.
Anyway I do recommend the book. It is a bit of a slog at times, but a good read at others. There us good background on Boney's early days with less hero worship than other sources. There is also a ton of wargames potential here - river crossings, mountain actions, surprise attacks etc.. So far I've covered the campaigns in. Piedmont, the crossing of the Po, had grudge at Lodi, the crossing of the Mincio, setting up the Siege of Mantua and the battles of Castiliogne/Lonato. The early campaign in the mountains is a big heavy but like the Army of Italy things really get going on the plains of Lomdardy! Next up, the have chasing Wurmser from Bassano into Mantua and the the bridge of Arcola.