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Tango0110 May 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

"This is the story of people who were caught up in the blazing trail of Napoleon's epic career. It describes the Napoleonic war machine from within, shedding light on the lives and feats of soldiers on whose toil a spectacular Empire was built and lost. This is far more than a regimental history, as it depicts a time of epic change spent in proximity to the greatest commander of their time.

France's 9th Light Infantry regiment was created as an elite battalion in Louis XVI's Royal Army. After the aristocratic officers fled from the Revolution, command of the battalion fell to a close-knit group of grizzly ex-NCOs, idealistic revolutionaries and a young, battle-scarred captain, Mathieu Labassťe. In 1799, as First Consul of the Republic, Napoleon needed a military victory to cement his political power. He drove a hastily gathered army across the Swiss Alps to recapture northern Italy from the Austrians. It was a risky gamble which very nearly failed. At Marengo Napoleon is taken by surprise. His army were in open retreat when the Ninth arrived late on the field. As Napoleon's last hope they were launched forward to stop the Austrians and give the rest of the army time to recover. Their charge was so ferocious it breaks Austrian morale and precipitates their headlong flight from the battlefield…."
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Have anyone read this book?
If the answer is yes… comments please?

thanks in advance for your guidance.


wrgmr110 May 2018 2:43 p.m. PST

Yes, read it a couple of years ago. Excellent read!

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 3:00 p.m. PST

I can second wrgmr1'a comment.


Tango0111 May 2018 10:37 a.m. PST

Many thanks my friends!. (smile)


Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 7:44 p.m. PST

I also have the book. It is very well written. The first half is excellent, but the second half kind of drags. Maybe because the 9th peaked in 1799 and never got back to that height?

Tango0112 May 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

Thanks also!…


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