Blaze’s memoirs are one of the most fascinating recollections of the Napoleonic Wars ever to be published. Written by an officer of wide experience and colourful style, the memoirs present an outstanding picture of the First Empire, providing an officer’s perspective view of the character, customs and mode of operation of the French army. Its value is enriched and enlivened by anecdotes from the author’s own experiences. Blaze entered the army as a youth, via the Imperial Guard, Napoleon’s elite force, a path only open to those of some wealth. After gaining his commission as an officer, he served in campaigns from Poland in 1807, to the fall of France in 1814. The wide range and extent of his service make Blaze perfectly suited to produce a record of Napoleon’s army during this climactic period.
Napoleonic Library LIFE IN NAPOLEON’S ARMY The Graphic Memories of Captain Elzear Blaze
Elzear Blaze was an officer of Napoleon’s elite Imperial Guard who served in campaigns from Poland in 1807 to the fall of France in 1814. His graphic memoirs offer an unrivalled view of the Napoleonic Wars from a man at the very heart of the action.