With Napoleon in Russia

With Napoleon in Russia

Author: Armand de Caulaincourt

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486148243

Category: History

Page: 464

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DIVComprehensive picture of the supreme crisis of Napoleon's career, with graphic accounts of French army's advance into Russia, occupation of Moscow, and the horrors of retreat. 5 illustrations. 1 map. /div

With Napoleon's Guard in Russia

With Napoleon's Guard in Russia

Author: Louis Joseph Vionnet

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781848846357

Category: History

Page: 209

View: 974

Major Louis Joseph Vionnet's memoirs of Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia are readable, detailed, and full of personal anecdote and vivid glimpses into the life of the nineteenth-century soldier. His account concentrates in particular on the retreat from Moscow, but he was present at all the major actions and followed the entire course of the campaign from the opening moves in July 1812 to being chased through Prussia by bands of Cossacks in early 1813. He was present at the destruction of Smolensk, toured the battlefield of Borodino and witnessed the great fire in Moscow. Vionnet was a major in the Fusiliers-Grenadiers, a regiment of veterans in the Imperial Guard, and his account provides a wonderful insight into the élan, morale and cohesion of this elite fighting force. Jonathan North has translated Vionnet's memoirs for the first time for this English edition. In addition to providing detailed explanatory notes, he quotes from the accounts left by five other soldiers from the same regiment, and these extracts allow the reader to follow the ups and downs of the unit as a whole. Louis Joseph Vionnet, Vicomte de Maringoné, was born in Longueville in 1769, the son of a peasant and a lace maker. He joined the artillery in 1793 and was promoted to captain in the line in 1794. He fought in Italy in 1796, in the line infantry in 1798 and the Guard grenadiers in 1806, and campaigned in Prussia, Poland and Spain. In 1809, he joined the Fusiliers of the Guard, fought again in Spain in 1811 and then, with the rank of major, he took part in the 1812 Russian campaign, which he survived. He retired in the 1830s and died in 1834.

Napoleons Army in Russia

Napoleons Army in Russia

Author: Jonathan North

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473816589

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 645

In 1812 Napoleon's magnificent army invaded Russia. Among the half a million men who crossed the border was Albrecht Adam, a former baker, a soldier and, most importantly for us, a military artist of considerable talent. As the army plunged ever deeper into a devastated Russia Adam sketched and painted. In all he produced 77 colour plates of the campaign and they are as fresh and dramatic as the day they were produced. They show troops passing along dusty roads, bewildered civilians, battles and their bloody aftermath, burning towns and unchecked destruction. The memoirs which accompany the plates form a candid text describing the war Adam witnessed. Attached to IV Corps, composed largely of Italians, he was present at all the major actions and saw the conquerors march triumphantly into Moscow. But, from then on, the invading army's fate was sealed and the disastrous outcome of the war meant that the year 1812 would become legendary as one of the darkest chapters in history.

Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

Author: George Nafziger

Publisher: Presidio Press

ISBN: 9780307538819

Category: History

Page: 704

View: 864

“An impressive source book on the conflict, high on information and data.”—Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research September 7, 1812, is by itself one of the most cataclysmic days in the history of war: 74,000 casualties at the Battle of Borodino. And this was well before the invention of weaspons of mass destruction like machine guns or breech-loading rifles. In this detailed study of one of the most fascinating military campaigns in history, George Nazfiger includes a clear exposition on the power structure in Europe at the time leading up to Napoleon’s fateful decision to attempt what turned out to be impossible: the conquest of Russia. Also featured are complete orders of battle and detailed descriptions of the opposing forces.

At Napoleon's Side in Russia : the Classic Eyewitness Account

At Napoleon's Side in Russia : the Classic Eyewitness Account

Author: Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt (duc de Vicence)

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89084391168

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 369

View: 901

The memoirs of Armand de Caulaincourt, one of the highest officials in the French Empire, are considered the most truthful and significant of the entire Napoleanic period. Offering a close and accurate portrait of the Emperor.

Napoleon Against Russia

Napoleon Against Russia

Author: Digby Smith

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: WISC:89085851335

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 846

"[The author's] new account of the great, grim events of 1812 is based on the diaries and letters of soldiers who survived, many of which have not been published in English before. They describe ... the deadly effect of Napoleon's faulty decisions on the lives of his men, to say nothing of the innumerable Russian military and civilian casualties his campaign caused. The introductory chapter examines the background to the invasion and the immense preparations that were made under Napoleon's orders ... The author also covers the campaigns on the northern and southern flanks that are often overshadowed by the events in the centre"--Jacket.