History of the Expedition to Russia 1812: Volume Two Paperback / softback
On the 23rd June 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armee crossed the River Niemen into Russia in an attempt to defeat the Russian army and force Tsar Alexander into a Treaty confirming Napoleon's dominance over the whole of continental Europe.
However, despite initial success which led to the French entering Moscow, the army had failed to resoundingly defeat the Russians and faced continual harassment from Russian skirmishers and the civilian resistance, decreasing supplies and lack of shelter and a staunch resistance from the Tsar to accede to Napoleon's demand for a truce or armistice.
Facing a bitter Russian winter, an opponent with superior numbers and failing supplies the French were forced into ignominious retreat and only a fraction of the original force returned alive from Russia.
The author of this account, de Segur, was a General of Brigade in the French army and took part in this campaign.
He provides a detailed and compelling narrative of one of Napoleon's greatest defeats.
This is the second volume of two and covers the period after the Battle of Borodino to the end of the campaign.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/11/2005
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781845880224