In the Legions of Napoleon

The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia 1808-1813

Henrich von Brandt

Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Series :
Napoleonic Library
Illustration :
Central plate section
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473882898
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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In the Legions of Napoleon recounts the adventures of an intrepid Polish soldier who fought for Napoleon the length and breadth of Europe. By the time he was twenty-five, Heinrich von Brandt had marched from Madrid to Moscow and had been severely wounded on three separate occasions.

From 1808 to 1812 he was caught up in Napoleon’s attempt to subjugate Spain, fighting in battles, sieges – including the siege of Saragossa – and hunting and being hunted by merciless bands of guerrillas. In 1812 his unit took part in the crossing of the Niemen and the epic retreat from Moscow.

In his extraordinary memoirs Brandt describes in great detail the actions in which he fought, the type of officers and men with whim he served, and the grueling campaigns in which they participated. He also gives fascinating insight into the minds of his comrades and superiors. This book is a must for every Napoleonic historian, enthusiast, and anyone who likes a good story of high adventure.


"A good first-hand account of military life"

- The Amourer incorporating Classic Arms and Militaria, July 2017

“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… This book is a must for every Napoleonic historian, enthusiast, and anyone who likes a good story of high adventure. It is told in a soldierly, straightforward manner, by an officer who did more than his assigned duty for his Emperor and his native land of Poland. It is one of the best memoirs to come out of the period, and ranks with Parquin's as one of the most accurate. Jonathan North's masterful translation has added another gem to the crown of valuable and accurate Napoleonic memoirs available to us.”

- Kevin Kiley, The Napoleon Series

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