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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier (Military Memoirs)
The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier - Military Memoirs Author:Jakob Walter This diary was left to an American university by the descendants of Jakob Walter who had emigrated there. When 18-year-old Jakob Walter was conscripted into Napoleon's army, he had no idea of the trials that lay ahead. The long gruelling marches on Prussia and Poland sacrificed countless men to the Emperor's plans. But it was the disastrous adva... more »nce on Russia which tested human endurance on an epic scale. This is an account of Jakob Walter's privations during the long retreat from Moscow. The book is illustrated with contemporary engravings and includes a chronology of European events.« less
The diary isn't quite enough to fill a whole book, there's 16 pages on the 1806-07 campaign, 10 pages on the 1809 campaign, and 78 pages on the Russian campaign. There's very little about the fighting, it's mostly accounts about how he found enough to eat and wear. It sounded like one big culinary catastrophe. The author (Jakob Walter) wasn't much of a storyteller, a lot is just listing the towns they went through and the interesting sights to see.