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In the Legions of Napoleon: The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia, 1808-1813
A classic and newly translated account of the Peninsular War and the 1812 invasion of Russia.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Stackpole Books
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Brandt was a Lutheran Pole in the Vistula Legion from 1808 until 1814, but this memoir cover through the retreat from Moscow. This is typical in some respects from many other memoirs of the period, but Brandt is more light hearted in his style even though the subject can be serious. Within the life and death struggle there are moments of humor and pathos which allowed the soldier to survive. At one point the Spanish were amazed that he was a heretic, yet had no horns. The priest then pointed out ...more