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A Horseman for the Emperor : A Cavalryman of Napoleon's Army on Campaign Throughout the Napoleonic Wars
by Jean Baptiste Gazzola


Overview - Galloping into danger-on and off the battlefield
Jean Baptiste Gazzola's memoir of his life in Napoleon's cavalry regiments is a remarkable and exhilarating one. He tells his story vividly-almost certainly with advantages-for it is one of passionate love affairs, attempted murder, duels, flight from retribution, hard campaigning and violent battles.
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Overview
Galloping into danger-on and off the battlefield
Jean Baptiste Gazzola's memoir of his life in Napoleon's cavalry regiments is a remarkable and exhilarating one. He tells his story vividly-almost certainly with advantages-for it is one of passionate love affairs, attempted murder, duels, flight from retribution, hard campaigning and violent battles. This Italian centaur joined the Revolutionary French Army in the early days of Napoleon's career, for engagements in his home country before departing for Egypt-and thereafter many of the pivotal battles of the age culminating in the retreat from Moscow, where, left behind, wounded and frost-bitten, he ends his military career when taken into captivity by the Russians. Gazzola wins his first award as a member of the 'forlorn hope' at Mantua and then-donning the spurs of the horse soldier-he becomes a mounted grenadier of the Consular Guard. Service in Chasseurs a Cheval regiments follow before he once again joins the heavy cavalry of the Imperial Guard for the campaigns that closed the epoch of the First Empire. Whilst it is sometimes difficult to decide what may be fact and what fantastical-not an uncommon feature of the military memoir-there is no doubt that this is an absorbing and entertaining excursion into both the world and life of a cavalryman of the Grande Armee.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781846773853
  • ISBN-10: 1846773857
  • Publisher: Leonaur Ltd
  • Publish Date: January 2008
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.65 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.81 pounds

Series: Eyewitness to War

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