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WILSON Robert, Narrative of Events during the Invasion of Russia by Napoleon Bonaparte: And the Retreat of the French Army, 1812 (Cambridge Library Collection Series - Naval and Military History)

From the publishers
A colourful British general, Robert Wilson (1777-1849) was knighted many times over by crowned heads, but never by his own monarch. Described by Wellington as 'a very slippery fellow', he fought in the Peninsular and Napoleonic wars, and his published account of the Egyptian campaign resulted in Napoleon complaining to the British government about accusations of his cruelty towards prisoners and his own men. Following the invasion of Russia, Wilson was seconded to Kutuzov's army, and was present at all the major engagements. Edited by his nephew and published in 1860, this second edition of Wilson's journal includes personal and official correspondence from Tsar Alexander I and his generals, and gives not only detailed accounts of troop movements and strategy, but also vivid descriptions of the savagery meted out by both sides. It remains an essential source of information on one of history's most famous military retreats.
About the author
Robert Wilson (1777-1849) fought in the Peninsular and Napoleonic wars, and in 1812 was seconded to the Russian army. Published in 1860, this journal gives not only detailed accounts of the war's progress, but also vivid descriptions of the savagery meted out by both sides during this famous military campaign.

Place and publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge Universty Press

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 446

This week’s book(s):

From the publishers:
"... Here, Cronin and Summerfield put their talents together to produce the finest ever study of early Napoleonic Spanish uniforms... There are over 400 colour drawings including over 104 contemporary illustrations from Ordovas (1805 and 1806), Christopher Suhr, Augsburger and Bradford plus 138 uniform schematics based on Jose Bueno & Lienhart & Humbert; 52 flags and shields are depicted; there is one map, 12 orders of battle and 13 tables. This allows the authors to explore in depth the Spanish Infantry of the period 1798-1811, of La Romana's famous division in Denmark and the troops committed to support the French Invasion of Portugal, which of course resulted in the disastrous collapse of the nation to French forces, but not before the old Spanish Regular Army had fought with distinction particularly at Bailen. This is the one and only book you will need on one of the most exotically dressed armies of the Napoleonic period..."

Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 176

From the publishers:
"...This second volume (Volume II: The Germans in Catalonia 1808-1813) of the woes of the Germans in Spain concentrates on those unfortunate enough to have been thrown into the mincing machine of Catalonia and, in particular, the worst-managed operations of the entire peninsular war: the French sieges of Girona. This city was to become the grave of almost the entire German contingent and many others besides. Extracts from the diaries of participants in this grim fiasco give a totally chilling glimpse into the horrors of siege warfare. In contrast, reports of the operations of Spanish regiments, who acted together with Royal Naval support of the eastern coast of Spain open a window onto the world of highly mobile raids into the French lines of communication there, which helped tie down many thousands of French troops, who should have been conquering the remaining free areas of southern and eastern Spain. Includes 11 colour plates by Bob Marrion of uniforms, based on Ludwig Scharf's interpretations from on-the-spot sketches..."  

Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 288

From the publishers:
"...This volume is the beginning of a brand new series devoted to specific units... with 38 colour uniform schema and 50 contemporary colour prints including the superb Opitz plates showing the uniforms of the Cossacks during the occupation of Paris. Here is every piece of information a model soldier painter could desire on the uniforms, flags & equipment, all checked out with the accuracy of Russian source material. More than that, the brief campaign history contains valuable new information based on Russian regimental histories which alters our understanding of the role played by the Guard Cossacks in major engagements..."

Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 132

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