MEMOIRS OF A FRENCH NAPOLEONIC OFFICER JEAN-BAPTISTE BARRES, CHASSEUR OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD.

Barres, Maurice (Ed.).


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New ed., 1988. 219 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. These lively memoirs by a French Napoleonic officer date from the time of his entry into the Chasseurs Velites of the Imperial Guard in June 1804. They modestly but vividly recreate days on the march and at rest in France, Germany, Poland, Prussia, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The author was also a participant at such spectacular events as the Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon in Paris and Rome, the torchlight procession on the eve of Austerlitz, the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit, and the magnificent military fete in the Champ de Mars. His duties brought many varied glimpses of Napoleon and on one occasion he exchanged words with him when inspecting the camp kitchen. It is a superb record of a serving soldier making light of danger, sharing with the reader the fatigues and privations that attended so much campaigning in appalling weather and hostile country, and rejoicing as much in the outcome of a successful foraging expedition as in his well merited promotions and appointment as Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.


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