Memoirs Of Sergeant Bourgogne (1812-813) By Adrien Jean Baptiste Francoi Bourgogne – Edited By Paul Cottin And Maurice Henault – 1899

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A memoir of war in the raw, and an utterly unforgettable classic Napoleonic experience of conflict. Sergeant Bourgogne – with Napoleon’s Imperial Guard in the Russian campaign and on the retreat from Moscow – 1812-13 Adrien Bourgogne was a seasoned veteran before the campaign of 1812, but nothing in his experience prepared him for the horrors of the infamous retreat from Moscow. This is a story far beyond the common military memoir

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Pre-owned. Believing he was settling into comfortable winter quarters, Bourgogne found himself together with his comrades of the Velite Fusilier – Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard – on the road to the west. Bourgogne’s account of the agonies of the Russian Winter exacerbated by hunger, brigands and the Russian enemy is graphic and without parallel. It is almost surreal in its portrayal of the nightmarish scenes of the straggling column and the hellish infernos of burning towns. Grey cloth cover with no dust jacket. Some pages at the front of the book are loose and one is detached. Some pronounced deckle edging, and there is a signature in ink on the first page. Hardcover. Published by Heinemann 1899

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Weight 0.753 kg