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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

by Jakob Walter; edited and with an introduction by Mark Raeff.
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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

by Jakob Walter edited and with an introduction by Mark Raeff.

First British edition 1991 by The Windrush Press, Gloucester by arrangement with Doubleday, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc.

PRICE £5.00 plus postage (included for UK)

Book cream boards quarter bound with red cloth VERY GOOD some slight bottom edge wear but contents illustrated throughout are immaculate.

Dust jacket whole with some edge wear mainly on the bottom, probably VERY GOOD MINUS condition.

ISBN 0900075376

174 pages 150 mm. x 215 mm. x 20 mm. Weight wrapped <0.500 kilo.y

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A compelling chronicle of a young man’s loss of innocence, as well as an eloquent portrayal of the profound effects of war upon the men who fight – The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier is the only known account by a common soldier of the campaigns of Napoleon’s Grand Army between 1806 and 1813.

A  flash photograph of Jakob Walter's "The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier" showing the general appearance.

When 18-year old German stonemason Jakob Walter was conscripted into the Grand Army of Napoleon, he had no idea of the trials that lay ahead. The long, gruelling marches on Prussia and Poland sacrificed countless men to Napoleon’s grand designs. But it was the disasterous advance on Russia which tested human endurance on an epic scale.

In Jakob Walter’s gripping account of his privations during the long retreat home from Russia to Germany, we read at first-hand how he and his fellow conscripts were driven past reason by starvation and the bitter cold. How men turned upon each other, killing for half a loaf of bread or tearing cloths off each other’s backs in their grim fight for survival.

Although there a numerous accounts of the Napoleonic Wars written by officers, Walter’s is the onle known memoir by an infantryman from the ranks, and, as such, is a unique and fascinating document.

Edited and with an introduction by Professor Marc Raeff, The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier is destined to rank alongside great war literature as a timeless and unforgettable account of the horrors of war.

This volume is illustrated with engravings and maps contemporary with the manuscript. It also includes a chronology of European events and a list of place names.

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