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The Notebooks of Captain Coignet: Soldier of the Empire, 1799-1816
These memoirs, regarded as among the best of the Napoleonic period, create an abiding impression of life in Napoleon's armies. First time in paperback.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Greenhill Books
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An interesting reading. In his memoires, Jean-Roch Coignet tells about the life of a man who started as an illiterate grognard in the Armée during the Italian Campaign, gaining the légion d'honneur for his courage and distinction, and then, after learning to read in the army, made a career in the Imperial Guard, reaching the grade of officer (and eventually captain). Having followed the Emperor throughout Europe (Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Friedland, Wagram, etc.), Coignet is the archetype of th ...more
This book offered an honest and sober account of a man, who rose from very humble origins, overcame illiteracy, and distinguished himself so much as a soldier of long service in Napoleon's Grande Armee that by the time he was retired from the military in 1816, he had risen to the rank of Captain.