Also included are letters home from the Russian front, previously unpublished in English, as well as period engravings and maps from the Russian/Soviet and East European collections of the New York Public Library.
"Vivid and gruesome
but also a story of human fortitude.
It reminds us that the troops Napoleon drove so mercilessly were actually more victims than victorsa side of Napoleon that should not be forgotten."
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.52(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction
The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier:
Campaign of 1806 and 1807
Campaign of 1809
Campaign of 1812 and 1813
Historical Appraisal of Walter's Chronicle by Frank E. Melvin
Notes to the Diary
Writing Home: Six Letters
Notes to the Letters
About the Illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
one of the only accounts of its kind for that period in history...almost all mail sent home from the front lines was intercepted by French officers under orders by Napoleon. a particularly literate recounting of life as a foot soldier in Napoleon's Army. could not put it down and read it all the way through
The diary of Jakob Walter shows absolutely why no one would want to be a foot soldier in Napoleon's army. Most of the time, at least from reading the diary, food was obtained by foraging, medical treatment was primitive and survival was problematic.Of the three campaigns written about, the Moscow campaign stands out. The retreat in bitter cold with Cossacks attacking and killing daily ensured that relatively few survived and those mostly by chance.The diaries are succinct and well enough written. They are a true piece of history. I recommend them especially to anyone interested in military history.