1812 : Napoleon'S Fatal March on Moscow Paperback
Adam Zamoyski's bestselling account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and his catastrophic retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on European history.In 1812 the most powerful man in the world assembled the largest army in history and marched on Moscow with the intention of consolidating his dominion.
But within months, Napoleon's invasion of Russia - history's first example of total war - had turned into an epic military disaster.
Over 400,000 French and Allied troops perished and Napoleon was forced to retreat.Adam Zamoyski's masterful work draws on the harrowing first-hand accounts of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict.
The result takes the reader beyond the invasion of Russia to present both a poignant tale of the individual foot soldier and a sweeping history of a turbulent time.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 672 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/04/2005
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780007123742
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Review by john257hopper
Magnificent work of narrative history bringing home the sweep of historical events and many individual stories of suffering and horror experienced by the members of Napoleon's multinational Grande Armee. In the end Napoleon's defeat was down to a complete mis-estimation of the logistics involved in invading Russia and his elevation of his will and self-belief over the reality of conditions there. The Russian side does not come over well either, with constant bitter rivalry between mediocre or incompetent generals, including Marshal Kutuzov, still thought of as a Russian hero today, but nowhere near as great a general or leader of men as Napoleon. Great military history that really gives a feel for the ghastly experiences endured by the common soldier and civilian especially during the infamous retreat from Moscow.