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The Great Retreat

Napoleon’s Grande Armée in Russia

This year marks the bicentennial of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo—but it was only Napoleon’s final, most lasting defeat. In many ways, his devastating retreat from Russia in the winter of 1812 was a more damaging and bitter loss.

The Great Retreat is an unprecedented, visually rich account of Napoleon’s march back from Moscow, built on a remarkable discovery of newly unearthed artifacts and archival sources. It tells the story of how Napoleon lost nearly 400,000 men to the brutal cold, poor planning, and effectively destructive harrying of the Russian army at his heels. Featuring more than 1,600 illustrations and detailed biographies of all 289 regiments and units involved in the retreat, supplemented by unforgettable eyewitness accounts, this book brings Napoleon’s retreat, and its unfathomable human cost, to life in a wholly new way. No student of Napoleon or fan of military or Russian history will want to miss it.

460 pages | 1,600 color plates | 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 | © 2015

History: European History

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Table of Contents

Author’s Preface
I. Under the Banners of France
The Imperial Guard
The French Line Infantry
The Regimental Artillery of the Line Regiments
Decorative Elements of the Uniforms and Equipment of the Belligerents
Light Infantry of the French Army
Regimental Artillery of the Light Infantry
French Hussar Regiments
French Dragoon Regiments
French Carabinier Regiments
French Cuirassier Regiments
France’s Horse Chausseurs
The Chevau-Léger Regiments of France
The Artillery of the Grande Armée
Regiments of Foot Artillery
Regiments of Horse Artillery in the French Army
The Artillery Train
Companies of Artillery Artificers
Regiments of Naval Artillery
Crews of Ships and Gunboats
Train Battalions
The Imperial Gendarmerie
The Pontoon Crews of the Grand Armée
Naval Artificers
Medical Schools
Military Schools
II. The National Contingents of France’s Allies
The Austrian Contingent
The Bavarian Contingent
The Baden Contingent
The Berg Contingent
The Westphalian Contingent
The Württemberg Contingent
The Hesse-Darmstadt Contingent
The Illyrian Contingent
The Spanish Contingent Joseph Napoleon Infantry Regiment
The Italian Contingent
The Military Contingent of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Forces of the Kingdom of Naples
Neuchâtel Battalion
The Contingent of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw
Portuguese Legion
Prussian Auxiliary Corps
The Contingents of the Confederation of the Rhine
Saxonian Contingent
Croat Infantry Regiments
Swiss Infantry Regiments

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