When 18-year-old Jakob Walter was conscripted into the Grand Army of Napoleon, he had no idea of the trials that lay ahead. The long, gruelling marches on Prussia and Poland sacrificed countless men to Napoleon's grand designs. But it was the disastrous advance on Russia which tested human endurance on an epic scale. In Jakob Walter's account of his privations in Napoleon's army during the long retreat home from Russia to Germany, the reader can observe how he and his fellow conscripts were driven past reason by starvation ...

The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier 1991, Cassell Reference, London

ISBN-13: 9780900075377