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The Memoirs of General Baron De Marbot   By: (1782-1854)

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The Memoirs of General Baron De Marbot by Jean-Baptiste-Antoine-Marcelin Marbot is a captivating and insightful account of one man's experiences during the Napoleonic Wars. This memoir offers readers a unique perspective, as it is written by a military officer who witnessed and participated in some of the most significant battles of the era.

Marbot's writing style is engaging and vivid, allowing readers to visualize the chaos and violence of the battlefield. His descriptions of troop movements, tactics, and moments of personal bravery are incredibly detailed, providing a remarkable level of authenticity. Marbot's ability to convey the harsh realities of war and the emotional toll it can take on a person is truly remarkable.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this memoir is Marbot's firsthand account of the major campaigns and battles of the Napoleonic Wars. From the campaigns in Spain to the infamous Battle of Waterloo, Marbot recounts his experiences in a way that both educates and entertains. He captures the political and military strategies employed by both sides, shedding light on the larger context of the conflicts.

What sets this memoir apart from others is Marbot's unique perspective as a French officer. As a member of Napoleon's army, Marbot offers insights into the inner workings of the French military at the time, as well as his personal relationship with the Emperor. His honest and sometimes critical observations provide a balanced view of a complex and controversial figure like Napoleon.

Additionally, Marbot's character development throughout the memoir is exceptional. From his early years as a young officer, to his rise through the ranks, readers witness his personal growth and transformation. Marbot's introspection and self-awareness make him a relatable and likable protagonist, allowing readers to emotionally connect with his story.

While this memoir primarily focuses on Marbot's military experiences, it also provides glimpses into his personal life. From his relationships with fellow officers to his love for his family, these small moments humanize Marbot and add depth to his story. These personal anecdotes create a well-rounded narrative that goes beyond the bloodshed of the battlefield.

The Memoirs of General Baron De Marbot is a must-read for anyone interested in military history, particularly the Napoleonic Wars. Marbot's eloquent writing, combined with his firsthand accounts, make this memoir a valuable resource and an entertaining read. It provides an intimate and thought-provoking look into the life of a soldier during a time of immense historical significance. Whether you are a history buff or simply looking for a compelling narrative, this memoir will not disappoint.

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Translated by Oliver.C.Colt

Volume 1.

Table of contents

Chap. 1. Origins of my family. My father joins the bodyguard. The de Certain family. Life at Larivière. Episode in infancy.

Chap. 2. Outbreak of revolution. My father's attitude. He rejoins the army. I go to Mlle. Mongalvi. My life as a boarder.

Chap. 3. My father is posted to Toulouse. He takes me with him. The convoy of aristocrats. Life at Toulouse. I am taken to Sorèze.

Chap. 4. Life at Sorèze. Early hardships. Visit of representative of the people.

Chap. 5. I join my family in Paris. My father is given command of the 17th division in Paris. He refuses to join with Sieyès and hands the command to Lefebvre.

Chap. 6. My father is posted to Italy. How my career is begun. I become a Hussar.

Chap. 7. My father leaves. Meeting with Bonaparte at Lyon. An adventure on the Rhône. The cost of a Republican banquet. I am presented to my commanding officer.

Chap. 8. Arrival at Nice. My mentor Pertelay. I become a true Hussar. I join the "clique". My first duel. We rustle some cattle. The "Clique".

Chap. 9. How I get immediate promotion. The capture of 17 enemy Hussars.

Chap. 10. Campaign in Piedmont. General Macard. Capture of enemy cannons. I am promoted to Sous lieutenant... Continue reading book >>

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