At the gates of Moscow, Napoleon's Grand Army prepares to enter in triumphal procession. But what it finds is a city abandoned by its inhabitants Ė save only the men who emerge to fan the flames as incendiary fuses hidden throughout the empty buildings of Moscow set the city alight. For three days Moscow burned, while looters dodged the fires to plunder and pillage. And so begins 1812: Napoleon in Moscow, Paul Britten Austin's atmospheric second volume in his acclaimed trilogy on Napoleonís catastrophic invasion of Russia.
After the fires died down the army settled in the ruins of Moscow; for five weeks Napoleon waited at the Kremlin, expecting his 'brother the Tsar' in St Petersburg to capitulate and make peace, while in fact the Russian Army was gathering its strength. At the same time Murat's cavalry, the advance guard, was encamped in dreadful conditions three days' march away at Winkowo, where it was being starved to death. When Napoleon eventually realized the futility of his plans and prepared to leave Moscow, his advance guard was surprised by a Russian attack. The most astounding exodus in modern times ensued.
1812: Napoleon in Moscow follows on from the brilliant 1812: The March on Moscow, which took Napoleon's army across Europe to the great city. Paul Britten Austin brings this next phase of the epic campaign to life with characteristic verve. Drawing on hundreds of eyewitness accounts by French and allied soldiers of Napoleon's army, this brilliant study recreates this disastrous military campaign in all its death and glory.
This account of the 1812 campaign is like no other in the English language. Austin has combined descriptive prose with quotes from primary sources to produce a readable account... By using present tense he brilliantly... [read full review]Avon Napoleonic Fellowship
Britten Austin spent decades reading memoirs, letters and diaries written by those who took part in Napoleon's most fatal adventure. He presents these extracts from within a narrative of the campaign as the soldier saw... [read full review]The Good Book Guide
The content is well researched and appropriately selected giving real insights into the French in Moscow. The real quality of the book is that we get to see the big event from many personal perspectives.Clash of Steel
This is a very high quality piece of work, and provides an invaluable account of an often-overlooked period in the disastrous invasion of Russia, but a period in which the quality of the French army... [read full review]History of War Website
Drawing on hundreds of eyewitness account by French and allied soldiers of Napoleon's army, this brilliant study recreates this disastrous military campaign in all its death and glory.Books Monthly
A closely-knit and totally compelling account of this huge endeavour as seen by the French and their allied participants from Napoleon to the private soldier.The British Army Review
This trio is built up of interwoven excerpts from original accounts of this campaign . . .†the total effect is compelling.Colonel John R. Elting
What a vivid account this is! . . . Thoroughly enjoyable.Military Illustrated
The 1812 campaign was the single most important cause of Napoleonís downfall. Austinís volumes are a magnificent contribution to the history of that mighty enterprise.Andrew Uffindell
A brilliant insight into men at war. The book is almost as epic as the campaign.David G. Chandler
Heralded as a classic . . . The text is enriched with first-hand accounts which bring the whole narrative to life with an air of stark realism . . . Britten Austinís trilogy truly ranks... [read full review]Waterloo Journal
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