Napoleonic Name Dropping

By Michael Cannon / January 6, 2009

Many years ago I had the opportunity to meet and dine with several Napoleonic scholars. One of the things the History Department did was treat the guest lecturers to lunch. When offered this opportunity I jumped at it. Seated below, from left to right – Chuck Jacoby, me, Victor Massena (descendant of Andre the Marshal), David Chandler, Don Horward, Jack MacDonald. Professor Horward was teaching in the History department that year as out visiting professor and he had invited Dr. Chandler along (who in turn brought Victor). Lunch was a lot of fun, the accompanying lectures more so. One of the things I remember Dr Chandler saying was, “the more I study Napoleon, the more impressed I am with his talents, and the less impressed with him as a man.”

Lunch with Napoleonic Experts

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Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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