The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier


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ISBN-13: 9780140165593
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 189,303
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Raeff, the Boris Bakhmeteff Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at Columbia University, is a scholar of pre-revolutionary Russia. His books include Understanding Imperial Russia, Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia, The Well-Ordered Police State, and Russian Abroad.

Table of Contents


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


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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
xenchu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.