Berezina 1812

Berezina 1812

Napoleon’s Hollow Victory

Campaign 383
  • Author: Professor Alexander Mikaberidze
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: CAM 383
  • Publication Date: 22 Dec 2022
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A superbly illustrated narrative of how Napoleon skilfully extracted his Grande Armee from the clutches of the pursuing Russian armies.

Much has been written about the Battle of the Berezina and the 1812 Russian campaign in general, during which the cold winter devastated the Grande Armée. Historians often praise Napoleon for his actions at the Berezina and attribute his success to a brilliant strategic mind, laying a trap that deceived the Russians and resulted in a remarkable feat in the history of warfare.

Drawing on contemporary sources (letters, diaries, memoirs), and featuring an extensive order of battle, this book recreates in hourly detail one of the great escapes in military history, a story often told with embellishments that require a more critical examination. Although the core of Napoleon's army escaped, tens of thousands were killed in the battle, trampled in the rush for the bridge, drowned in the icy waters of the Berezina, or captured.

Written by an acknowledged expert on the period, and using a broad range of sources from all sides, this title brings to life in stunning visual detail, using maps, battlescene artworks and period illustrations, the events of late November 1812, as Napoleon's retreating, desperate Grand Armée extricated itself from the clutches of the Russian armies under Kutuzov, Wittgenstein and Chichagov in an epic feat of heroism and masterful tactics.

Biographical Note

Alexander Mikaberidze is Professor of History and the Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair at Louisiana State University Shreveport. He is an internationally acclaimed historian of the Napoleonic Wars, and the author and editor of two dozen books, including The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History (Oxford, 2020) and a trilogy on Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

Contents

ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGN
CHRONOLOGY
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
French and allied
Russian
OPPOSING FORCES
The Grande Armée
Russian
Orders of battle
OPPOSING PLANS
Russian strategy
Napoleon's strategy
THE CAMPAIGN
Day one: 26 November 1812
Day two: 27 November 1812
Day three: 28 November 1812
AFTERMATH
THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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