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Campaigning for Napoleon (Hardback)

Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic

By Maurice de Tascher
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844154579
Published: 19th October 2006
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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In 1806 an enthusiastic young Frenchman Maurice de Tascher embarked on a career as a soldier in Napoleon's Grand Armée. He was inspired by the emperor's triumphs and determined to win glory and serve his country. In 1813, disillusioned by war and doubtful about the honour of the French cause, de Tascher died in Berlin, a victim of Napoleon's disastrous war against Russia. This is his story. Maurice de Tascher was born in Orléans in 1786 and joined 88th Hussars in 1806 He took part in many of Napoleon's major campaigns in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland and Russia between 1806 and 1812. He came through the dreadful retreat of the Grand Armée from Moscow in 1812, but never recovered from the ordeal. He died in Berlin in January 1813 at the age of 27.

Anyone with an interest in the Napoleonic period is sure to be interested in this most fascinating volume –a rare first hand and vivid account of life as a cavalry officer in the Grande Armee during the period 1806-1813.

Inspired by the Emperor’s earlier triumphs this spirited young man was eager to seek glory too and fought with much enthusiasm against the Prussians in 1806, the Spanish and British in 1809 and both the Austrians and Russians in 1812, however when he died in 1813,he was a very different and disillusioned man altogether.

Although Rosemary Brindle translated Maurice de Tascher’s diaries, she has not amended them in any other way and they remain the same as the day they were originally written, therefore providing the reader with a wealth of graphical information on the important events as they happened.

The volume has a most beautiful cover and includes many black and white photos of personalities of the period. There is a useful appendix with detailed notes on Napoleons Russian Campaign of 1812 and the de Tascher family.

Certainly a valuable addition to the military historian’s and enthusiasts library.

Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker
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