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Tango0113 May 2023 8:45 p.m. PST

… The Russian Official History

"The Russian official history of the second war between Emperor Alexander and Napoleon, in 1806 and 1807, using original military and diplomatic documents and the testimonies of witnesses and participants from the war.

First published in 1846, the history considers the reasons for the war undertaken by Emperor Alexander in alliance with Prussia, the disaster that befell Prussia at Jena and Auerstedt, and Alexander's mobilization when, after the destruction of the Prussians, Napoleon moved to the borders of Russia…"


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Brechtel19814 May 2023 10:25 a.m. PST

Since the Russians have not been noted for accuracy, I wonder how this book is. If they include Bennigsen's after action reports as well as Wittgenstein's it will be interesting to judge whose is the most 'accurate.'

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2023 11:24 a.m. PST

I have the 1805 book at the top of my reading pile.

It's a slim volume. From the intro, it does indeed omit many archival sources, does have some minor errors of the which unit was in was under who sort. the Tsar had final editorial control over publication, so no criticisms of that great crusading hero. So, not a flawless history, but still quite worthwhile for perspectives not found elsewhere.

Tango0114 May 2023 3:28 p.m. PST



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