The Diary of A Napoleonic Foot Soldier

The Diary of A Napoleonic Foot Soldier

Book - 1991 | 1st ed.
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Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1991.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385416962
Branch Call Number: 940.27 W232a
Characteristics: xxx, 170 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Raeff, Marc


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Oct 05, 2010

This book is unusual to say the least. Jakob Walter, the author, wrote this book in German sometimes after the Napoleonic Wars.
As a youth of 18 hes was inducted into the army of his native Wuertemberg in south western Germany. Wuertemberg was one of many German states forced into a pro-French coalition by Napoleon.
The book, a first hand narritive, and one of only a few written by enlisted men of the time, described what happened to him during the end-phase of the Napoleonic War. Walter participated in the march ro Moscow that was defeated by General Winter. If you want to know what conditions were like this is an extremely useful resource.

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