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Napoleon's Expedition to Russia: The Memoirs of General Count de Segur
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Napoleon's Expedition to Russia: The Memoirs of General Count de Segur (Paperback)

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Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 remains one of the greatest military and humanitarian disasters of all time. Within six months a million lives were lost, the largest army ever assembled was destroyed, and the Emperor himself transformed from the master of a continent to a fugitive.

General Count de Segur's first-hand account remains our chief source of information about this most dramatic of military debacles. From the Grand Army's first steps on Russian soil, to its miraculous escape at the River Berezina, this must rank as one of the greatest war stories ever written.

First published in 1824, it caused a sensation. The author, who had served on the Emperor's staff, dared to present him as a flawed genius, resulting in a duel with Napoleon's former aide-de-camp, General Gourgaud. The public blood-letting (de Segur was wounded) only heightened demand and it was translated into every major European language.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryNapoleonic WarsHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesWar & defence operationsBattles & campaignsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 27/02/2003 ISBN-13: 9781841194547  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christopher Summerville is the editor of the critically acclaimed Robinson edition of The Exploits of Baron de Marbot.

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