Napoleon's Invasion of Russia, by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Published by Frontline Books (Pen & Sword) in 2008, 286 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N44385)
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Widely regarded as one of America's greatest historians, Dodge's work on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 is without parallel for scholarship or psychological sophistication. Beginning with Napoleon's doomed march on Russia, this book examines Napoleon's state of mind and the factors behind his decisions using personal letters and genuine reports. How could Napoleon, a proficient strategist, have led his army into such an atrocious situation and underestimated the severity of the Russian winter?
In one of the most imposing invasions ever attempted (Napoleon could draw upon 600,000 men and 250,000 horses), the Grande Armee's success seemed inevitable. But few could imagine that only 100,000 would reach Moscow and all without having achieved the decisive battle that Napoleon sought.
This book sheds new light on Napoleon's character as a soldier by focusing on his personal matters and behaviour, putting aside his politcial concerns, and the narrative provides the perfect introduction for those who want to learn more about Napoleon and the disastrous winter of 1812, as well as for the more seasoned Napoleonic scholar who wants to learn more about this disastourous campaign.....