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.
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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
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
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