1812: Napoleon in Moscow

1812: Napoleon in Moscow

by Paul Britten Austin


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At the gates of Moscow, Napoleon's Grand Army prepares to enter in triumphal procession. But what it finds is a city abandoned by its inhabitants – save only the men who emerge to fan the flames as incendiary fuses hidden throughout the empty buildings of Moscow set the city alight. For three days Moscow burned, while looters dodged the fires to plunder and pillage. And so begins 1812: Napoleon in Moscow, Paul Britten Austin's atmospheric second volume in his acclaimed trilogy on Napoleon’s catastrophic invasion of Russia.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts this study recreates this disastrous military campaign in all its death and glory.

1812: Napoleon in Moscow follows on from the brilliant 1812: The March on Moscow, which took Napoleon's army across Europe to the great city. Paul Britten Austin brings this next phase of the epic campaign to life with characteristic verve. Drawing on hundreds of eyewitness accounts by French and allied soldiers of Napoleon's army, this brilliant study recreates this disastrous military campaign in all its death and glory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848327030
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 01/19/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PAUL BRITTEN AUSTIN was born in Dawlish, South Devon. His parents were the writers Frederick B. A. King and Mildred King. He was educated at Winchester College. In 1951, he married novelist Margareta Bergman, sister of film director Ingmar Bergman. They lived in Stockholm, where he worked for Radio Sweden as head of English-language broadcasting. Paul Britten Austin spent twenty-five years researching and writing his vast study of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. His 1815 book follows the same principle of ‘stitching together’ eyewitness accounts to create an exciting narrative.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Maps 10

Some Important Eyewitnesses 14

Chapter 1 "Fire! Fire!" 17

Chapter 2 Napoleon Leaves the Kremlin 35

Chapter 3 The Fair of Moscow 52

Chapter 4 A Disconsolate Advance Guard 69

Chapter 5 Settling in for the Winter? 81

Chapter 6 Marauding Parties 94

Chapter 7 Lovely Autumn Weather 104

Chapter 8 A Lethal Truce 119

Illustrations 125

Chapter 9 Preparations for Departure 156

Chapter 10 Battle at Winkovo 171

Chapter 11 Taking French Leave 185

Chapter 12 "Where Our Conquest of the World Ended" 202

Chapter 13 "That's Enough, Gentlemen. I Shall Decide" 215

Notes 233

Bibliography 249

Index 257

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