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Description - With Napoleon in Russia by Faber du Faur

This handsome book is a unique record of Napoleon's invasion of Russia by Faber du Faur, a talented artist and front-line soldier. It combines his detailed, accurate and compelling illustrations of scenes recorded as they actually happened with his vivid and gripping memoirs of the campaign. The result is a superb and remarkably detailed evocation of 1812, from the sweeping battle scenes which capture the ordeal of Smolensk and Borodino, to the day-to-day struggle to keep campfires burning and famished men fed. Faber du Faur's plates - admired and highly-regarded primary source material - are here presented, for the first time, complete and in full colour. His moving and frank memoirs, edited and translated by Jonathan North, are accompanied by a detailed campaign history and biography of the artist. Napoleon's invasion of Russia is a legendary campaign and a captivating story of endurance, survival and the rigours of total war. Few of the 500,000 men to cross the Niemen in July 1812 were to survive - the French army was decimated by the advance into the heart of Russia, and almost completely destroyed in the epic retreat from Moscow. With Napoleon in Russia is a unique presentation of this epic and an unforgettable depiction of the horrors of war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781853674549
ISBN-10: 1853674540
Format: Hardback
(271mm x 312mm x 23mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Greenhill Books
Publisher: Greenhill Books
Publish Date: 20-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - With Napoleon in Russia by Faber du Faur

UK Kirkus Review » Christian Wilhelm von Faber de Faur was an artillery officer in the Wurtemburg army, incorporated into Ney's III Corps during the invasion of Russia in 1812. A keen artist, Faber du Faur kept a sketchbook of the disastrous expedition, and published his studies in a series of coloured plates from 1831 onwards. These charming plates - 92 in all - form the centrepiece of the book, and range from scenes of camp life to full-scale battle studies. There is also a useful commentary by the artist and a fellow officer, Frederich von Kausler. In terms of source material alone, With Napoleon in Russia will form a valuable edition to any Napoleonic library. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Faber du Faur

Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur (1780-1857) served as an artillery officer, in Ney's III Corps, throughout the 1812 campaign. He was later promoted and finished his career with the rank of general. Jonathan North translated Heinrich von Brandt's memoirs, published as In the Legions of Napoleon, and edited The Napoleon Options, an anthology of alternate history scenarios.