Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The Folio Society, 1985. Book Condition: Very Good. Hardcover bound in pictorial cloth boards with gilt titles on backstrip. Mapped fixed end papers. Black & white illustrations. Strong binding. No inscriptions. Slipcase condition: Very Good, minor scuff mark, structurally strong
This is a fascinating account of Napoleon and his Grande Armée invading Russia and then the torturous retreat that is now a by-word for poor military leadership and even worse decision making. Written by an officer serving under Napoleon, it gives a heart stopping first person view of one of the most famous botched campaigns in military history, a campaign that ended with 30,000 troops returning to France from an original force of over 600,000.