French Guardsman vs Russian Jaeger

1812–14

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French Guardsman vs Russian Jaeger

1812–14

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The Russian Jaeger regiments and Napoleon's Young Guard clashed repeatedly during the campaigns of 1812–14. The Russian Jaeger were light infantry who gained enormous experience and prestige during the struggle to rid Europe of Napoleon's armies, while the Young Guard was expanded to become the main strike force of the French field armies. In appalling winter conditions in 1812, the Young Guard turned to confront their opponents, including Jaeger forces, at Krasnyi. In the face of constant bombardment, Young Guard regiments held off the Russians, covering the retreat of large parts of Napoleon's forces. They clashed again at Leipzig in 1813 and then again in the bitter cold at Craonne in 1814, where horrendous casualties finally told on the newly formed Young Guard units pitched into an attack upon Russian Jaeger regiments. Putting the reader in the shoes of the ordinary soldiers of both sides, this absorbing book traces the evolving trial of strength between Russia's Jaeger arm and France's Young Guardsmen at the height of the Napoleonic Wars.

Table of Contents

Introduction /The opposing sides /Combat 1 /Combat 2 /Combat 3 /Analysis and conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 20 Nov 2013
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781782003625
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 21 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat
Short code CBT 4
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stacey

Mark Stacey was born in Manchester, UK, in 1964 an…

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