IN THE PENINSULA WITH A FRENCH HUSSAR: MEMOIRS OF THE WAR OF THE FRENCH IN SPAIN.

Rocca, Albert Jean Michel de.


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New ed., 1990 (first pub., 1814). 192 pp., frontis., map + 4 other maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w Nr.FINE. Here is an exciting, vivid narrative by a hussar in Napoleon's army from 1808 to 1810, written immediately after the campaign, with all the vigour of a participant. It is a memoir not only of a brave and passionate man but of an intelligent and objective observer of the military situation. Sent to Spain from Germany in 1808, the author gives vivid accounts of military operations such as the march to Madrid and entry into the city and the subsequent battles in which he took part. He describes the pursuit of Sir John Moore's army to Corunna, the battle at Talavera, which took place while he was away from Spain for a few months, and the battles that followed against the English under General Wellesley, now in command of the Iberian Peninsula. He also describes the enormous dangers faced in every Spanish village that the French army entered, where every man, woman and child was intent on their death, yet he still pays tribute to the character of their enemies even when his own life was at risk from them. An interesting first-hand perspective.


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