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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter
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A startling first-hand account of Napoleon's Russian campaign written by a rank and file conscripted German. Includes an essay on the surprising reliability and accuracy of the memoir.

The whole thing is just disgraceful. This is the sort of stuff that leads one to become a pacifist. Napoleon sacrificed over 500,000 lives for nought but glory and ambition. He refused to retreat, even though it was clear from very early on that the campaign had no chance at succeeding. Many striking and arresting moments. A valuable historical artifact, as it's the only one of its kind.

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