The Battle of the Berezina

Napoleon’s Great Escape

Alexander Mikaberidze

 
Date Published :
August 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
50 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844159208
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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$39.99

Overview
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In the winter of 1812, Napoleon's army retreated from Moscow under appalling conditions, hunted by three separate Russian armies, its chances of survival apparently nil. By late November Napoleon had reached the banks of the River Berezina - the last natural obstacle between his army and the safety of the Polish frontier. But instead of finding the river frozen solid enough to march his men across, an unseasonable thaw had turned the Berezina into an icy torrent. Having already ordered the burning of his bridging equipment, Napoleon's predicament was serious enough: but with the army of Admiral Chichagov holding the opposite bank, and those of Kutusov and Wittgenstein closing fast, it was critical. Only a miracle could save him ...

In a gripping narrative Alexander Mikaberidze describes how Napoleon rose from the pit of despair to the peak of his powers in order to achieve that miracle. Drawing on contemporary sources - letters, diaries, memoirs - he recreates one of the greatest escapes in military history - a story often half-told in general histories of the Russian campaign but never before fully explored.

About The Author
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Alexander Mikaberidze is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University. He holds a law degree from the Republic of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University, where he worked at the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution. He serves as president of the Napoleonic Society of Georgia.

REVIEWS
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"In a gripping narrative, Alexander Mikaberidze describes how Napoleon rose from the pit of despair to the peak of his powers… Drawing on contemporary sources- letters, diaries, memoirs, he recreates one of the greatest escapes in military history- a story often half-told in general histories of the Russian campaign but never fully explored."

- Spartacus Review

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