200 years ago today, Napoleon’s Grande Armée crossed the Nieman river on pontoon bridges to launch the invasion. Each man carried three days of
provisions and the expectation of a short, decisive campaign. I doubt anyone had any idea how disastrously things would turn out.
This blog aims to capture the invasion through the eyes of the soldiers who lived it and to relate that experience as closely as possible to the 200th anniversary of its occurrence. Having said that, I am about to leave on a trip to France and will be unable to make any posts until I return in the first week of July.
In the meanwhile, I encourage you to look back to the posts I made one year ago, the 199th anniversary. I also suggest you buy a copy of my work of historical fiction about the invasion: Russian Snows: Coming of Age in Napoleon’s Army. The book aims to show what the conditions were like for the ordinary soldier on the campaign. The book is available through the Russian Snows website and through Amazon (paperback and Kindle) as well as Barnes & Noble (Nook).
As always, I welcome contributors as guest bloggers who can blog about conditions on the campaign. Contact me at ScottArmstrong@RussianSnows.com to make arrangements.
Thank you for reading ~ Scott Armstrong
Image and translation of Commemorative 1912 card provided by Alexey Temnikov