Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1807 (Hardback)
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After his crushing defeat of Prussia in 1806, Napoleon marched into Poland to forestall any Russian attempts to come to the aid of their ally. There then followed the bloody battle in a blizzard at Eylau on 8 February 1807, which decimated both armies. Operations resumed in the spring and on 14 June Napoleon wrecked the Russian field army at Friedland. Napoleon and Emperor Alexander met at Tiltsit, and French mastery of north-west Europe was confirmed.
This is the first book to bring together dozens of Russian letters, memoirs and diaries, with authors ranging from the commander-in-chief (Benningsen) to NCOs. We see the brutal conditions of the winter campaign at first hand, and gain fresh insight into the infamous Treaty of Tiltsit and the diplomatic manoeuvring that followed it.
This unique book brings together letters, diaries and memoirs of Russian participants of the campaign of 1807, heretofore inaccessible andProtoView
underutilized, and presents a variety of viewpoints ranging from a noncommissioned officer to a commander-in-chief. It provides insight into
the Russian side of the war, how and why decisions were made, and what Russian officers and soldiers experienced as they marched towards victory. Seven chapters are: the eclipse of Austerlitz; the winter campaign, December
1806; the road to Eylau; the bloodbath at Eylau; the spring campaign; the disaster at Friedland; the aftermath of the campaign.
This carefully edited collection of eyewitness accounts of the battles between the FrenchFiretrench
and the Russians provides a balanced view but much of the information will be new to English-language
readers. There is a fine monochrome photo-plate section which adds greatly to the content, graphically demonstrating the terrible conditions under which many battles were fought. Recommended.
After Napoleon’s humiliation of Prussia, on the battlefield at Jena, the French Emperor turned his attention to subduing his Russian foe and marched into Poland in the winter of 1806. Six months later, the Russians had been beaten and brought to the peace table and Napoleon was at the height of his powers. In his detailed study of this remarkable episode of Napoleonic history, F. Loraine Petre follows every move of the campaign. He assesses the defeat of Prussia, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of both Napoleon’s army and that of his Russian opponents, details the bloody battle of Eylau…By David G Chandler, F Lorraine Petre
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