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March of Death: Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808-1809 Hardcover – 15 Nov 2003


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books (15 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853675644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853675645
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few episodes of British military history have been as dramatic as Sir John Moore's retreat to Corunna. March of Death is the full story of that adventure and a gripping tale of a fight for survival amidst the Spanish snow. In the bitter winter of 1808, a small British force found itself outnumbered and outmanouevered by a French army led by none other than the emperor Napoleon. Faced with crushing defeat, the British, commanded by Sir John Moore, turned and began a legendary march through the snow and ice of northern Spain to freedom and escape. Napoleon, swearing that he would drive the British leopard into the sea, pursued and an epic was born. March of Death is the story of the terrible retreat through the eyes of those who were there and who survived. Relating the horrific ordeal through excerpts from survivors' diaries, letters, memoirs and reports, this fascinating narrative brings to life the heroism and glory of a real fight for survival.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Cornhill on 24 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mr Summerville has delved again into Napoleonic history to find an heroic tale that deserves to be better known. The narrative evokes powerfully the misery suffered by the British army as it tried to escape the clutches of a superior French force in Spain and Portugal. The author skilfully weaves a web of first-hand accounts together with his own considerable knowledge to produce a text which is pacey and at times, deeply moving. The acts of kindness, chivalry, bravery and cowardice combined with political intrigue show humanity at its best and worst. Characters emerge from the page, not least Sir John Moore himself, about whom you want to know more and the political bungling and incompetence reminds one that war has always been this way and probably always will be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it wholeheartedly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Megan Eisenbraun on 27 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best factual accounts of the Napoleonic Wars I have ever had read. It highly readable, informative and, best of all, full of eyewitness accounts. The author takes you though the hardship, endurance and bravery shown by the British army as well as reporting the shameful incidents. It is a truly inspirational and horrific story and I cannot recommend this book more highly. There is no substitute for letting the soldiers speak for themselves. I booked a trip out to Corunna after reading this as it caught my imagination so completely!
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Format: Hardcover
Narrative history at its best. A deeply entertaining and emotive story of the quintessentially British story of victory in defeat. Due to events mainly beyond his control Sir John Moore has a numerical inferior army in a foreign country that failed to provide the help that was both expected and promised. The withdrawal to the sea so that Britain's only field army in Europe could be saved is a harrowing tale of bravery and stupidity, excellent and poor leadership often from the same commanders, and vibrant personalities. The inclusion of numerous first hand accounts put you in very much in the story. Very recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris on 6 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yep I really enjoyed this one, an interesting and comfortable read. It does a good job on focusing on the 'withdrawal' of the British forces under `Sir John'. There are a lot of shocking, shameful and embarrassing moments to cringe through but when you consider the environment these people were in it's to be expected I guess. It's all there in a flowing, light and easy to read style and it's not really that long either. I particularly liked the way there are plenty of eye witness accounts but they are to the point and not overwhelming just right, they help things along I think. One or two new bits of info for me, so that was another plus. Try it see if you agree?
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