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Napoleon Against Russia (Hardback)

Napoleonic Colour Books

By Digby Smith
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781844150892
Published: 1st January 2005
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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In June 1812 500,000 men of Napoleon's army invaded Russia. Six months later barely 20,000 returned. The disastrous advance to Moscow and the subsequent retreat irreparably damaged Napoleon's military power and prestige and resulted one of the most celebrated catastrophes in all military history. Digby Smith's new account of the grim events of 1812 is based on the diaries and letters of soldiers who survived, many of which have not been published in English before.

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'Copiously illustrated throughout this is a good book for anyone wishing to see the larger picture of the campaign...'

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 Digby Smith

About Digby Smith

Digby Smith, also known to Napoleonic enthusiasts as Otto von Pivka, is a British military historian. The son of a British career soldier, he was born in Hampshire, England, but spent several years in India and Pakistan as a child and youth.
As a "boy soldier," he entered training in the British Army at the age of 16. He was later commissioned in the Royal Corps of Signals, and held several postings with the British Army of the Rhine.

After a career in the British Army Signal Corps, he retired and with a friend started a company selling body armor, followed by several years working in the telecommunications industry.

After his second retirement, he lived for a while in Hanau, Germany, but has moved back to Britain.

Napoleon invades Russia

23rd June 1812

On 23rd June 1812, 500'000 men of Napoleon's army invaded Russia. Six months later barely 20,000 returned. The disastrous advance to Moscow and the subsequent retreat irreparably damaged Napoleon's military power and prestige and resulted one of the most celebrated catastrophes in all military history.


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