NAPOLEONIC LIBRARY: IN THE LEGIONS OF NAPOLEON The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia 1808-1813


In the Legions of Napoleon recounts the adventures of an intrepid Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon the length and breadth of Europe. This gem of a book is one of the best accounts of the Spanish war, as well as the desperation and heartbreak that was Russia. Truly, Napoleon was entirely accurate when he called the Grande Armée’s survivors of the retreat his ‘men of bronze.’

The account of the crossing of the Berezina is skillfully told. The fighting was fierce and savage, and the Grande Armée was fighting for its very life, and whipped two separate Russian armies to the ground, even though it was dying on its feet. Brandt’s expert telling leaves no doubt how desperate the action was.

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