Memoirs of a Polish Lancer: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski

MEMOIRS OF A POLISH LANCER: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski Book Cover MEMOIRS OF A POLISH LANCER: The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski
Ancient Empires Series
Tim Simmons (translator)
Memoir
Emperor's Press
2002
Hardcover
158

This is an excellent book, although rather brief (153pp). The book is interesting in that:

1) More than most Napoleonic memoirs, the author describes actual tactics and small-scale maneuvers rather than feats of derring do, or general descriptions of life on the campaign;

2) The author's perspective as a Polish officer (often mistaken for being French) is interesting; and

3) the author seems to have been in one of the few units that made it through the Russian Campaign as a cohesive military unit (with greatly reduced numbers, of course).

The book is well-written and well-translated, and definitely worth a read for those interested in things Napoleonic.

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