Napoleon's surrender and retreat from Moscow in 1812 is a pinnacle of military horror. Of the 600,000 men who crossed into Russia in June of 1812, only 25,000 would survive. Jakob Walter, a conscript soldier, was one of those survivors. His observant diary captures the everyday circumstances that soldiers suffered during the campaign.
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"The ordeals of a Westphalian conscript during Napoleon's vainglorious trek to Russia are delivered by an authentic-sounding voice. To call this a diary seems something of a misnomer. Tull's reading, with its pauses and reflective tones, suggests more of a memoir given as a speech. The philosophical observations and occasional humor heighten the impression of Herr Walter's presence. The six letters included at the end highlight the documentation, while a shorter background note would have served. The presentation is compelling history. S.B.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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