War of the First Coalition, 1792–1797
Each chapter deals with an important episode of the campaign and featuring dozens of memoirs, letters and diaries. These documents show the other side of the proverbial coin, providing an unique insight on the Russian leadership, how and why decisions were made and what a common Russian soldier experienced as he slowly progressed towards victory. The author is an acclaimed writer who has won the International Napoleonic Society s Legion of Merit Award for his contribution to Napoleonic studies.
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Among his battles were Austerlitz, Jena, Leipzig and Waterloo. T he Emperor had ordered that his household and all his office staff should be sent from Moscow on the 23rd of October and join him at Mojaisk. It is impossible to give any idea of the rapidity of the execution of his orders. The preparations for this move were completed in three hours.
Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1812
We went to the house of our princess, and there we found some good horses, which had been concealed in a cellar. We mounted two superb ones, and immediately hitched them to a fine carriage. While this was being done, I got the provisions ready: about ten loaves of sugar, a good-sized box of tea, some elegant cups, and a copper to melt the sugar in.
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We had a carriage load of provisions. At three o'clock we left Moscow.
It was scarcely possible to make our way, for the road was blocked up with carriages and all the army plunderers were there in great numbers. When we had gone about three leagues from Moscow we heard a tremendous report. The shock was so great that the earth shook under our feet.
It was said that there were sixty tons of powder under the Kremlin, with seven trains of powder, and some sort of contrivance fixed on the casks. Our brigands, who had been captured match in hand, met their just punishment. They were all criminals from the prisons.
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There was a line of carriages on the road twelve leagues long. By the time I had reached our first halting place, I had had carriage enough.
I had all our provisions put on horses and burned up the carriage.