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The Memoirs of Baron de Marbot - late Lieutenant General in the French Army. Vol. I [Kindle Edition]

Jean Baptiste Antoine Marcelin de Marbot , Arthur John Butler
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Perhaps the most famous of all Napoleonic memoirs to be written in any language are those written by Marbot. They stand in a league of their own. Napoleon, himself left a donation of 100,000 to him, for his refutation of General Rogniat's work - to quote Napoleon's will "I recommend him to continue to write in defense of the glory of the French armies, and to confound their calumniators and apostates."

So entertaining and full of vivid details that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fictionalized them into his adventures of Brigadier Gerard.

In this the first volume of his translated memoirs, it covers his early childhood, born into a military family, to his first steps on the military ladder as a hussar in the 1e Regiment de Hussards (ex-Bercheny). His dash and leadership lead to a commission and appointments on the staff of Generals Augereau and Masséna. He writes poignantly of his fathers death at the siege of Genoa (1800) and the privations suffered in the city by the defenders and the inhabitants alike. His career takes him to the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Eylau and Aspern-Essling.

His narrative is full of anecdotes and vignettes of the great and the good of the Consulate and Empire, he portrays himself in the midst of such luminaries as the Emperor, his Marshals and Generals.

Contains portrait of de Marbot from 1812 as a colonel of 23e Hussards, and maps illustrating the 1805, 1806 and 1809 battles.

The text and maps are taken from the 1892 publishing by Longmans, Green and Co, London and New York.
Author - Jean Baptiste Antoine Marcelin, Baron de Marbot, 1782-1854
Translator - Arthur John Butler 1844-1910

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 706 pages
  • Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing; PP1 - Kindle Formatted edition (27 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3XTFC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Autobiography at its best. 29 Dec. 2014
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Readers of Conan Doyle's Lieutenant Gerard books will recognize much in this biography of the man on whom Conan Doyle to some extent built his character. And if you've come to wonder whether 'honour' (UK English spelling) and 'chivalry' were ever anything more than fiction I can only recommend this history of what was clearly a very fine man. A must-read for anyone interested in the Napoleonic conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent memoirs 13 Feb. 2013
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An excellent, well written memoir that gives an insight into the higher echelons of the French army during the Napoleonic wars. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in that period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Young Hussar to Cavalry General 31 Oct. 2012
By RV
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A must-read for any fan of the Napoleonic period. Marbot's adventures are interesting, witty and well-written, dripping with venomous asides, anecdotes and set-piece battles.

I would recommend this book to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Tales of Daring-Do 24 Sept. 2012
By William
Format:Kindle Edition
The memoirs of Marbot are fairly legendary and well known, this is a good English translation of his French original. Marbot was in the thick of the fighting of the Napoleonic Wars from 1800 to 1815, rising to the rank of Brigadier in 1815. His writing makes the era come alive, his battle scenes are filled with bullets whizzing around, shot and shell ripping through the air. A thrilling read.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant first hand account. 26 Oct. 1999
By Jay Fitzpatrick (jfitzpatrick@fdgny.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A very intresting first hand account of a young soldiers rise through the wars and rank to become a general. Associated with different calvary units, he comes in and out service to Napoleon and ADC to many great generals and marshals. Some action but alot of interaction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Napoleanic memories 10 Jan. 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for the person that loves military history and insightfulness
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging 16 Jan. 2010
By Robert G. Coventry - Published on Amazon.com
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Baron De Marbot was an aide-de-camp to a number of Napoleon's Marshals: Augereau, Lannes and Massena, before receiving command of a cavalry regiment. He saw action from Spain to Russia. His description of the action is concise and vivid, even though perhaps, somewhat exaggerated - enemy casualties frequently seem very high, and French losses very low.
The feature of his writing that struck me though was his generous treatment of all the people who came his way, a multitude of people are named, and are all described as: "a fine young fellow" or "an excellent man" &c. Only a few, by comparison are criticised, and even then, their good points are mentioned. The effect on me at least, was to view the Baron as a very friendly man, and his writing agreeable too. If his writing is any guide then he must a been very good company. This makes his memoirs very easy reading indeed, and I was through his book very quickly.
His book gives a good insight into the role of an aide-de-camp, and later a colonel of a regiment in this period: The quality of horses, of sleeping arragements, risks, food and water. He doesn't romanticise the fighting by glossing over wounds either; his own or those of others. His insight into the tactics used is also interesting given his first-hand experience. At no time does he get bogged down in details however, the book moves along at a very good pace at all times. I was never bored and always favourably impressed.
The copy of the book I have is the Kessinger Publishing one, translated by Arthur John Butler and is a paperback. The translation is clear with no ambiguities or complicated sentence construction and makes the book easy to read at all times. The only fault I found was that dotted throughout the book "[" often replaced "I" which is only a minor distraction however. Maps would have been nice, but then the original may not have had maps either.
Overall I highly recommend this book as an engaging yet detailed observation of some of the great events of the Napoleonic Wars.
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