With Napoleon’s Guns

The Military Memoirs of an Officer of the First Empire

Jean-Nicolas-Auguste Noel

Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Series :
Napoleonic Library
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848328358
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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In 1795 – the year Napoleon Bonaparte was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French army in Italy – the seventeen-year-old Jean-Nicolas-Auguste Noël entered the Artillery School at Châlons. A year later, with Napoleon proclaiming himself the liberator of Italy, Noël was appointed second lieutenant in the 8th Regiment of Horse Artillery. Written in 1850, With Napoleon’s Guns is his remarkable memoir of two decades in the Emperor’s service.

A trained artilleryman himself, Napoleon dramatically transformed the role of artillery from a cumbersome and tactically limited force into a fluid, independent and highly mobile trans d’artillerie. This new organization required fresh, new officers who could act on their own initiative – officers such as Noël.

From the optimism of the early years in Italy , through the privations of the retreat from Moscow and the horrors of the Battle of Leipzig to the disillusionment of the Emperor’s defeat at Waterloo, Noël charts both his personal career and, at close hand, the rise and fall of the First Empire with frankness and percipience. Based on his journal he kept from his cadetship at Châlons, With Napoleon’s Guns is a revealing account of an officer at the heart of Napoleon’s army.


"Jean-Nicholas-Auguste Noël, an artillery officer in Napoleon’s army, was 18 years old in 1796 when he was appointed second lieutenant in the 8th Regiment of Horse Artillery. He served Napoleon for 20 years. This memoir, based on Noël’s war-time journals, was written in 1850 and originally published in 1895 by Berger-Levrault. It details Noël’s career within the context of the fate of Napoleon’s empire. B&w historical illustrations are included. The book was previously published in 2005 by Greenhill Books."

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