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Au pas de Charge18 Mar 2022 9:47 p.m. PST

Are there good books which are compendiums of combat recollections from the French pov? Either primary or secondary but would prefer all combat arms and throughout the period.

King Monkey19 Mar 2022 1:02 a.m. PST

This sort of thing?



Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2022 7:43 a.m. PST

Look for any books by Paul Britten-Austin as he has a number of collections of French letters/memoirs in a number of books from 1812 to1815.

von Winterfeldt19 Mar 2022 9:51 a.m. PST

go for authors of Bressonnet, Colin, Foucart, Fabry, you will find plenty

Martin Rapier19 Mar 2022 11:29 a.m. PST

Although written after the Napoleonic Wars, Battle Studies by Ardent du Picq is excellent.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2022 5:36 p.m. PST

This one is quite good.


MarbotsChasseurs19 Mar 2022 5:41 p.m. PST

Terry Crowder's book is one of the best. Retelling the regimental history by bringing to life the men who fought and died for that famous regiment. I second that recommendation!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2022 12:25 p.m. PST

While tongue in check and fiction, I loved this one


For a more serious read (still fiction) there is


Cavcmdr21 Mar 2022 6:59 p.m. PST

Brigadier Gerard is fun just don't read them all at once ;-)

The collected works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are available on a kindle for free.

Have fun.

Scott Sutherland21 Apr 2022 1:56 p.m. PST

Is this something like what you are looking for?

Blaze Sébastien, Mémoires d'un apothicaire sur la guerre d'Espagne : pendant les années 1808 à 1814, link
Du Périer Dumouriez Charles François, The Life of General Dumouriez …, link
Fain Agathon-Jean-François, Memoirs of the Invasion of France, 1814.,
France Academie de Nimes, Memoires, link
Gourgaud Gaspard, Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, link
La Fayette, Memoirs, Correspondence and Manuscripts of General Lafayette, link
La Fayette, Memoirs of General La Fayette, Embracing Details of His Public and Private Life, Sketches of the American Revolution, He [!] French Revolution, the Downfall of Bonaparte, and the Restoration of the Bourbons. With Biographical Notices of Individuals who Have Been Distinguished Actors in These Events, link
Larrey Dominique Jean, Memoirs of Military Surgery, and Campaigns of the French Armies, on the Rhine, in Corsica, Catalonia, Egypt, and Syria; at Boulogne, Ulm, and Austerlitz; in Saxony, Prussia, Poland, Spain, and Austria, link
Pétiet M Auguste, Journal historique de la division de cavalerie légère du 5e corps de cavalerie pendant la campagne de France en 1814,
Rocca Albert Jean Michel, Memoirs of the war of the French in Spain, link
Savary Anne Jean Marie René, Memoirs of the Duke of Rovigo (M. Savary), link
Soult Jean-de-Dieu, Memoirs Du Marechal-General Soult, vol 1, link
Suchet Louis-Gabriel, Memoirs of the War in Spain, From 1808 to 1814 vol 2, link
Suchet Louis-Gabriel, Memoirs of the war in Spain, from 1808 to 1814, link
Thiebault Paul Charles Francois Adrien Henri Dieudonne, Memoires du general Baron Thiebault, link
de Caligny Hercule Hue, Recollections of Caulaincourt, duke of Vicenza, vol 1, link
de Caligny Hercule Hue, Recollections of Caulaincourt, duke of Vicenza, vol 2, link
de Gondi de Retz Jean François Paul, Journal des opérations de l'armée de Catalogne, en 1808 et 1809, sous le commandement du général Gouvion Saint-Cyr, link
de Guibert Jacques-Antoine-Hippolyte, Histoire de la campagne de 1800, link
de Llano Toreno José María Queipo, The Memoirs of Baron De Marbot, link
de Urtubie Théodore Bernard Simon, Mèmoires militaires de Vauban et des ingénieurs Hue de Caligny, link


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