Memoirs of a French Napoleonic Officer

Jean-Baptiste Barres, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard

Jean-Baptiste Barres

Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Series :
Napoleonic Library
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473882935
Pages : 220
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399077231
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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These lively memoirs date from the time of Barrès’ entry into the Chasseurs Velites (skirmishers, or light infantry) of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard in 1804. Always modest in recounting his own exploits, Barrès was not only at the cannon’s mouth, but also a participant at such spectacular events as the Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon in Paris and Rome, the torch light procession on the eve of Austerlitz, the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit, and the magnificent military display in the Champ de Mars. His duties involved mounting guard at Malmaison and the palace of Saint-Cloud and also allowed him many fascinating glimpses of the Emperor at reviews, presenting awards and receiving trophies.

This is a superb record of a serving soldier, making light of danger, sharing with the reader the fatigues and privations that attended so much campaigning in appalling weather and hostile country, and rejoicing as much in the outcome of a successful foraging expedition as his promotions and appointment as Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

About The Author

Born at Blesle, in Anvergne, in 1784, Jean-Baptiste Barrs died, aged sixty-five at Charmes, in Lorraine in 1849.

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