1812, Through Fire and Ice with Napoleon: A French Officer's Memoir of the Campaign in Russia
This reprint of a French narrative recounts the journey of a French officer of engineers as he marches with Eugene de Beauharnais' IV Corps deep into Russia. He relates battles at Moskwa and Borodino before reaching Moscow, and then the retreat from Moscow including the crossing of the Beresina.
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