Biographies of Eminent Soldiers of the Last Four Centuries, Ed. with a Memoir by L. Schmitz

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 Excerpt: ...in the hands of the enemy, his position seemed almost desperate, and it was only by dauntless skill, energy, and resolution, that he saved his army in this trying emergency. Military history records few operations more creditable to a leader than these last operations of Suwaroff; and though it is usual for ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 Excerpt: ...in the hands of the enemy, his position seemed almost desperate, and it was only by dauntless skill, energy, and resolution, that he saved his army in this trying emergency. Military history records few operations more creditable to a leader than these last operations of Suwaroff; and though it is usual for the French, in their rodomontade way of writing, to boast of their victory over this old Eussian commander, the fact is that they were defeated in every attempt to intercept his march. The signal victory of Zurich--the most important one, perhaps, gained by republican France--dissolved the coalition of 1799; terminated the campaign, notwithstanding its early disasters, in favour of the Eepublicans; and left the frontiers of their country extended on all points, far beyond the ancient boundaries of France: and when Napoleon, a few months afterwards, assumed the government, as consul, he found, contrary to the usual assertion, the country secure from attack, and Austria alone in the arena against him; the Eussians having withdrawn from the contest, and the British troops having, after the Duke of York's retreat from the Helder, forsaken for a time the fields of Continental war. In Italy operations had languished after the departure of Suwaroff; but the French had not recovered from the effects of their previous defeats, and held little conquered ground in the country, beyond the city of Genoa and the Eiviera. The victor of Zurich was now sent by the new Consul to restore the fortunes of the Eepublic beyond the Alps. During the campaign which followed, Massena's task was confined to the defence of Genoa; and the resolute and persevering gallantry with which he held that city, obtained for him even the praise of his adversaries. After the truce that followed...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150208645
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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