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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 10:38 p.m. PST

… Barres, Chasseur of the Imperial Guard

"These lively memoirs date from the time of Barrès' entry into the Chasseurs Velites (skirmishers, or light infantry) of Napoleon's Imperial Guard in 1804. Always modest in recounting his own exploits, Barrès was not only at the cannon's mouth, but also a participant at such spectacular events as the Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon in Paris and Rome, the torch light procession on the eve of Austerlitz, the meeting of the two Emperors at Tilsit, and the magnificent military display in the Champ de Mars. His duties involved mounting guard at Malmaison and the palace of Saint-Cloud and also allowed him many fascinating glimpses of the Emperor at reviews, presenting awards and receiving trophies.

This is a superb record of a serving soldier, making light of danger, sharing with the reader the fatigues and privations that attended so much campaigning in appalling weather and hostile country, and rejoicing as much in the outcome of a successful foraging expedition as his promotions and appointment as Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur."


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Have anyone read this book?
If tha answer is yes… comments please.

Thanks in advance for your guidance.


von Winterfeldt20 Apr 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

I did read it, there are cheaper versions – like a hardback at

and of course for free in French – for download


Full of interesting details, at least the French original source, I cannot comment on the translation.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 3:46 a.m. PST

Downloaded it. Read big bits yesterday. Not bad. Some gems here and there to understand "how things were done".
My favorite so faris when the whole 1813 French division is fighting the whole dy in tirailleur. Should tumble down some ready made ideas.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 4:53 a.m. PST

It's an excellent memoir and one to have to hand.

von Winterfeldt21 Apr 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

yes as I said full of interesting details, I looked into the English translation, the usual howlers apart – seemingly not abridged and indeed a very worthwhile read.

von Winterfeldt21 Apr 2019 5:27 a.m. PST

@Jcfrog, you will also like those


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 3:41 p.m. PST

Many thanks!.


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2019 9:03 a.m. PST

Dear head of Frederic secret du Roi, this is another catastrophe, trying to feed more interesting books into the list… never ends.

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