This is a blog about Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia using eyewitness accounts to describe the experience of those who were there. As closely as possible, I will match the accounts with the date that they happened, 200 years ago. I’ll put in some of the strategy to give context, but mostly, this blog focuses on the dust, heat, lack of food, poor medical care, disease, illness, foraging, the cold, improper uniforms, snow, terror of the enemy and countless other concerns that make up the lives of a soldier on campaign. In this case, Napoleon’s 1812 Russian campaign.
As a start, I began this blog a year ago and made posts on the 199th anniversary of the campaign. My source material is limited so I’m looking for guest posters who can fill in the gaps with descriptions of what it was like for the soldiers during the campaign. If you have obscure source material or perhaps a diary that has been passed down through the family (and you can translate it into English), please let me know so the story can be incorporated into this blog.
If there is enough participation, we’ll have a resource where people can go to see what the soldiers were experiencing on this date in history on the Russian campaign.
I can be reached at ScottArmstrong@RussianSnows.com.