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In the Peninsula with a French Hussar (Hardback)

Memoirs of the War of the French in Spain

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By Albert Jean Michel de Rocca
Frontline Books
Series: The Napoleonic Library
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781473882614
Published: 5th April 2017

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Albert Jean Michel de Rocca gives a riveting account of the Peninsular War from an entirely different perspective. Albert Rocca was a junior officer in Napoleon's 2nd Regiment of Hussars, and describes such early events as the march to Madrid and Napoleons entry into the city, followed by the subsequent battles and the pursuit of Sir John Moore to Corunna.

For him Spain was not just alien but totally hostile as well. Where British chroniclers of the Peninsular berate the qualities of the Spanish armies Rocca knew that his life was constantly under threat from not only the enemy armies but also from a population who would kill an unwary or isolated Frenchman in a moment.

The Peninsular War was a bitter struggle by the Spaniards to liberate their country from the French invaders and in this essential memoir Albert de Rocca describes the fighting in uncompromising detail.

First published in French in Paris 1814, in English 1990 this book presents an account of the Peninsular War from a somewhat different perspective. The writer was a junior officer in Napoleon’s 2nd Regiment of Hussars, and he presents early events in the conflict, such as the march and then Napoleon’s entry into Madrid, as well as subsequent actions, including the pursuit to Corunna. For De Rocca Spain was a totally hostile country, where he was constantly under threat from both the Spanish troops and civilian population. He describes the fighting in fairly uncompromising detail, providing the reader with a vivid account of the Peninsular War. Noted historian Philip Haythornthwaite has provided an interesting introduction to the text and there are four maps.

Stuart Asquith, Author

About Albert Jean Michel de Rocca

Albert Jean Michel de Rocca was born in Geneva in 1788, but joined the French Army. Whilst serving in the Iberian Peninsula he was seriously wounded. Back in Geneva, he had an affair with Germaine de St Stal who famously opposed Napoleon and was exiled. Eventually the couple married and after Waterloo they settled in Paris. As well as his Peninsular War memoirs, de Rocca also wrote about the failed British attempt on Walcheren in 1809, entitled La campagne de Walcheren et d'Anvers.

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