More than a third of a million men set out on that midsummer day of 1812: none can have imagined the terrors and hardships to come. They would be lured all the way to Moscow without having achieved the decisive battle Napoleon sought; and by the time they reached the city their numbers would already have dwindled by more than a third. One of the greatest disasters in military history was in the making.
The fruit of more than twenty years of research, this superbly crafted work skilfully blends the memoirs and diaries of more than a hundred eyewitnesses, all of whom took part in the Grand Armyís doomed march to Moscow, to reveal the inside story of this landmark military campaign. The result is a uniquely authentic account in which the reader sees and experiences the campaign through the eyes of participants at each stage of the advance in enthralling day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour detail.
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
Britten Austin spent more than twenty years studying this campaign, and thus had a vast range of eyewitness accounts at his disposal. Some of our witnesses appear throughout the book, providing a continuous threat to... [read full review]History of War Website
The fruit of more than twenty years of research, this superbly crafted work skilfully blends the memoirs and diaries of more than a hundred eyewitnesses, all of whom took part in the Grand Army's doomed... [read full review]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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1812: Napoleon in Moscow
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