At Napoleon's Side in Russia: The Classic Eyewitness Account

At Napoleon's Side in Russia: The Classic Eyewitness Account By Armand de Caulaincourt, At Napoleon s Side in Russia The Classic Eyewitness Account I beat the Russians every time said Napoleon but that doesn t get me anywhere Armand de Caulaincourt was one of the highest officials in the French Empire constantly riding at Napoleon s side His m
  • Title: At Napoleon's Side in Russia: The Classic Eyewitness Account
  • Author: Armand de Caulaincourt
  • ISBN: 9781929631476
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • At Napoleon's Side in Russia: The Classic Eyewitness Account By Armand de Caulaincourt, I beat the Russians every time, said Napoleon, but that doesn t get me anywhere Armand de Caulaincourt was one of the highest officials in the French Empire, constantly riding at Napoleon s side His memoirs are hailed as the most accurate and best written eyewitness account of Napoleon s disastrous attempt to conquer Russia The cycle of Napoleonic conquests ended in I beat the Russians every time, said Napoleon, but that doesn t get me anywhere Armand de Caulaincourt was one of the highest officials in the French Empire, constantly riding at Napoleon s side His memoirs are hailed as the most accurate and best written eyewitness account of Napoleon s disastrous attempt to conquer Russia The cycle of Napoleonic conquests ended in Russia s winter of ice and snow Nowhere is that awful event described as vividly as in these memoirs Napoleon entered Russia triumphantly on June 18, 1812, with over 500,000 men, while the remnants that staggered back out were merely a few ragged thousand It was the greatest military disaster in history.With an introduction by Dr Jacques Olivier Boudon, president of the Institut Napol on, University of Paris IV Sorbonne.
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    207 thoughts on “At Napoleon's Side in Russia: The Classic Eyewitness Account”

    1. The major part of this book is fairly interesting as Caulaincourt Master of the Horse , and self proclaimed devotee of Napoleon describes the trauma and tragedy of the Russian campaign His negative views of the campaign are obvious early on, which makes the reader wonder why he stuck around as the army moves farther and farther into Russia A cynic might believe it s so he could say, I told you so as things go from bad to worse.In fact, Caulaincourt continues to tell Napoleon and the reader why t [...]


    2. The memoirs of the ill fated Russian campaign written by Napoleon s aide de camp and master of horse, are a rare and unique window into the workings of willpower as a catalyst of fate Dormant for over 100 years, Caulaincourt s diary lay unpublished and in the possession of his family until World War I, when the German army destroyed his state, and with it, the original manuscript That was until 1934, when explorations amidst the rubble of his chateau, helped unearth a twisted metal safe that con [...]


    3. Quite simply a fascinating, primary source account of Napoleonic efforts on the Russian Campaign The Aide de Camp in question General Armand De Caulaincourt Duke of Vicenza walks the reader through the events as they occurred He had kept meticulous notes along the time span of events This account of the Russian Campaign is a wonderful accompaniment to Tolstoy s War and Peace I was slightly disappointed in War and Peace in that all through that book Tolstoy never once references The Treaty of Til [...]



    4. General Caulaincourt was at Napoleon s side throughout the magnificent assault and the disasterous winter retreat When the horses froze to death he walked As the once mighty French army moved, humiliated, through Poland and as they limped back into Paris, he was there This is not a history book It is military history as it should be writ by an accute observor who, with minimum of gloss and spin, tells the reader how it really was Don t be put off by the archaic lanuage, the translation from the [...]


    5. Taas on kohta luettu l pi kirja jostakin merkitt v st historian tapahtumasta, mik tarkoittaa taas kerran jotakin suurmiehen typer sotaa, josta sadat tuhannet sotilaat ja siviilit saivat taas kerran k rsi T ss h n suomalaisia koskettaa eniten Tilsit ja Aleksanteri I, jotka taas palautuvat t ll lukijalla Niskasen suvun esi is n Jussiin, joka joutui sotaan muutama vuosi ennen t m n kirjan tapahtumia mainitulla paikkakunnalla solmitun sopimuksen vuoksi Jussin komppanian kapteeni oli muuten Carl Leon [...]


    6. Written by Napoleon s Master of Horse , this book details from a first hand perspective Napoleon s decision to invade Russia, the disastrous decision to occupy Moscow and the resulting retreat and disintegration of the French Army It includings N s personal musings on this life, his ambitions and his legacy It is definitely not a complete history of the campaign and some parallel or prior reading is required There are things I still don t understand but this book tells a gripping story.


    7. An essential piece for anyone seeking to learn on the Grande Arm e and Napoleon s 1812 campaign into Russia However, Caulaincourt distances himself from many of Bonaparte s crucial decisions that determined the outcome of Russia s success.




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