With Napoleon In Russia by Faber Du Faur

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This handsome book is a unique record of Napoleon's invasion of Russia by Faber du Faur, a talented artist and front-line soldier. It combines his detailed, accurate and compelling illustrations of scenes recorded as they actually happened with his vivid and gripping memoirs of the campaign. The result is a superb and remarkably detailed evocation of 1812, from the sweeping battle scenes which capture the ordeal of Smolensk and Borodino, to the day-to-day struggle to keep campfires burning and famished men fed. Faber du Faur's plates - admired and highly-regarded primary source material - are here presented, for the first time, complete and in full color. His moving and frank memoirs, edited and translated by Jonathan North, are accompanied by a detailed campaign history and biography of the artist. Napoleon's invasion of Russia is a legendary campaign and a captivating story of endurance, survival and the rigors of total war. Few of the 500,000 men to cross the Niemen in July 1812 were to survive - the French army was decimated by the advance into the heart of Russia, and almost completely destroyed in the epic retreat from Moscow. With Napoleon in Russia is a unique presentation of this epic and an unforgettable depiction of the horrors of war.

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Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur (1780-1857) served as an artillery officer in Ney's III Corps throughout the 1812 campaign.
Published February 19, 2006 by Greenhill Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The Stuttgart-born career soldier Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur (1780–1857) served for years in the Napoleonic army, like a vast number of able-bodied mercenaries of his day.

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Yet only Burgogne’s memoir with twelve small plates (Folio Society edition, 1985) could be termed “illustrated.” Faber du Faur drew in the field rather than dreaming in the opera-set workshop.

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