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The Czar's General: The Memoirs of a Russian General in the Napoleonic Wars [Hardcover]

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Yermolov is a legend in Russia. A man who rose from obscurity to command armies and conquer provinces, he was the epitome of a military man of action. To his enemies he was a byword for brutality, but, to his homeland, a hero.

His memoirs are as dramatic as his rise to fame and fortune. Disgraced and exiled by the mad Czar Paul he was brought back into service only to witness Russian defeat at the battle of Austerlitz in 1805. Honoured and advanced by his new patron, the dashing Czar Alexander, Yermolov then made rapid progress. He witnessed at firsthand Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 but went on to see revenge completed when the Russians marched into Paris in April 1814.

When peace was declared in Europe, this hard and capable soldier was sent into the Caucasus to conquer Chechnya, sparking Russia's long and complex struggle to govern this unstable region.

Yermolov was a talented general who captured the spirit of his times in his brilliant and engaging memoirs. His acidic wit, acute powers of observation and grasp of drama make this book stand out as a unique source on the wars which defeated Napoleon and made Russia a superpower.

Contains 5 maps and 20 illustrations.

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Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Ravenhall Books
ISBN  1905043058  
ISBN13  9781905043057  

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A Shining Star in a Nest of Vipers  Sep 24, 2006
Ravenhall books is clearly becoming one of the leaders in the publication of Napoleonic literature. For this volume, the added plus of having Alexander Mikaberidze involved with publication is an added incentive for having this outstanding memoir in anyone's historical library.

There is a dearth of first-hand information in English on the Russian army of the Napoleonic Wars. Some very important information is finally coming to light, and this volume highlights how valuable that information is in understanding not only the Russian participation in that long conflict, or, more correctly, succession of conflicts between Napoleonic France and her allies, and the Coalitions that continued to rise after each defeat to attempt to 'beat the French,' but in understanding the Russians themselves, no mean feat.

The Russian army was certainly at the forefront of that effort. Defeated badly, if not disastrously, in 1805 and 1807 and outlasting the French in the campaign of 1812, suffereing just as badly as the Grande Armee did, the Russians were at the forefront of the allied effort in 1813-1814.

General Yermelov is one of the most interesting of the Russian commanders and his story not only deserves telling, but is necessary to understanding the Russian effort. Present in every major campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, his memoirs are much more accurate than anything from, for example, Russian General Benningsen, and they also complement very nicely Sir Robert Wilson's accounts of 1807 and 1812, as well as Clausewitz's account of 1812.

The Russian general officer corps could be a treacherous place to exist. Favor from the Tsar was necessary, and Alexander himself could be an 'iffy' proposition. One observer during the period noted that even if Alexander put you on his 'spit' list, you felt bound to thank him for it. Yermelov, a very competent commander and soldier, not only surviced in that nest of vipers, but thrived, and was undoubtedly one of the best of the Russian field commanders. His memoirs deserve to be read and reread for the period.

This volume is highly recommended. Additionally, if Alexander Mikaberidze's name is on a book, I would highly recommend anyone buy it.

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