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WITH NAPOLEON'S GUARD IN RUSSIA: The Memoirs of Major Vionnet, 1812

WITH NAPOLEON'S GUARD IN RUSSIA: The Memoirs of Major Vionnet, 1812
by Vionnet, Louis

1-234460

Major Louis Joseph Vionnet's memoirs of Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia are readable, detailed, and full of personal anecdotes and vivid glimpses into the life of the 19th-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 elan, 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. He retired in the 1830s and died in 1834.

1 vol, 176 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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