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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2024 9:41 p.m. PST

"Captain Vincent Bertrand was a French light infantry soldier who survived the key campaigns of Napoleon. Called to arms through conscription, he was directed from his hometown of Nîmes to the depot of the 7ème Régiment Léger (7th Light Infantry Regiment), in Huningue, where he arrived on 16th November, 1805. He did not leave this regiment composed almost exclusively of sons of the department of Gard, until 1815.

His recollections focus on his loves, adventures and mishaps, as well as the pride of being part of an elite unit. It was this pride that kept him with his regiment and his musket operational during the retreat from Moscow in 1812, unlike his fellow soldiers. He tells of the discipline and organisation of the few soldiers still able to pull their triggers and thrust their bayonets, amidst the frostbite and chaos of those who had become stragglers or marauders. Bertrand's unfailing bravery and composure are evident throughout his memoirs, demonstrating character, discipline and patience, as well as dedication to his regiment and its values and standards. The non-combatants he saved, the esteem he earned from his comrades in battle, and the comfort he gave to a fellow convalescent on the brink of death, would all indicate he was a hero to some, and an admirable soldier to all. Bertrand gives sincere accounts of his time on the battlefields, in the cantonments in Austria, in Germany, in Poland, and finally of the painful stages of his captivity as an Austrian prisoner of war. His writing is entertaining and fast paced, but with plenty of unique detail…"


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Lilian02 Jul 2024 5:13 a.m. PST

7e Régiment d'Infanterie Légère
He did not leave this regiment composed almost exclusively of sons of the department of Gard, until 1815.

…!!??…

it would be very interesting that the author explain us how such miracle is possible for a French regiment other than in the National Guard and volunteers

e.g. for the class 1806 :
368 conscrits from the Gard, 240 from the Lower Pyrénées, 204 from the Italian dept of Doire


and according to Le 7ème Régiment d'Infanterie Légère 1800-1815
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we learn that they came for others years, e.g. :

1807 from Gard, Vaucluse and Italian dept of Stura

1811 refractory conscrits from the disciplinary Regiment of Walcheren

1812 the 5th Depot Battalion had 487 conscrits from Ardennes, 100 from Seine

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2024 12:23 p.m. PST

Thanks

Armand

Gazzola03 Jul 2024 3:11 p.m. PST

Just what I need, another new book to add to my 'to buy' list LOL

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2024 3:47 p.m. PST

Ha!…


Armand

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