The Armies of the First French Republic and the Rise of the Marshals of Napoleon I ...

Oxford University Press, H. Milford, 1939


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49 ページ - We are none of us worthy to fasten the latchets of his shoes, if I am to judge from his book and his plans of campaign. But his mind or his health has, they tell me, a very peculiar defect. He is admirable for five or six hours, and whatever can be done in that time will be done perfectly; but after that he falls into a kind of epileptic stupor, does not know what he is about, has no opinion of his own, and does whatever the man at his elbow tells him.
211 ページ - Copies of original Letters from the Army of General Bonaparte in Egypt, intercepted by the Fleet under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson, with an English Translation.
133 ページ - Zurich, were led successively through the town against the French, who were hourly receiving reinforcements and bringing up artillery, and sacrificed one by one in attacks which were fruitless only because they were made with insufficient force. Without having seen it, it is not possible to have an idea of the manner in which the Russian infantry behaved. " In the course of the morning I had an opportunity of conversing with military men of different services, who all agreed in saying that nothing...
205 ページ - ... defeat was due entirely to British non-co-operation was justified is beside the point. What is important is that it fell on fertile ground in the mind of Paul, already incensed at the behavior of the Austrians. "To our Russians," wrote Bunbury, "this disastrous intelligence [of the Battle of Zurich] afforded fresh food for discontent; they regarded their countrymen (and not without reason) as having been deserted and sacrificed by the Austrian government; and the bitter fancy that they themselves...
172 ページ - Even the recruits sent to the Light Dragoons came out, in many instances, with undress jackets, and without boots, those who sent them presuming that they might be fitted out from the dead men's kits, as if the effects of the slain were regularly collected and stored.
157 ページ - ... vanguard of the army, and General Zweikowsky, an officer of some standing, whom I recollect to have seen in Switzerland in the year 1785. This gentleman from his former residence there had acquired some general notion of the country. All the others without exception with whom I talked upon this subject were as ignorant of its points and bearings as if they had been all the time in Persia. They had not even the least notion of the nature and value of the respective positions which the enemy had...
138 ページ - Dandre and General Pichegru's communications and the whole history of the intrigue of the Director Barras, all of which had been sent to M. de Korsakoff, in part from Mittau, in part from St. Petersburg.
141 ページ - He epoke in the warmest terms of the troops and of the formation and internal economy of the army, said many handsome things of the generals and officers, with whose conduct on almost every occasion he said he had the highest reason to be satisfied, adding that when the troops were well commanded they had all the good points of the Russians without their faults, and that were it not for the folly and wickedness of the Austrian Cabinet their army would before this have conquered the world. This led...
198 ページ - The Guards are certainly a fine body of men. The regiments of the Line are in general but poor, and few of them are formed or disciplined.
368 ページ - ... étoient rassemblés ; ils y avoient un camp retranché, entouré d'un mauvais fossé, défendu par trente-huit pieces de canon. Bataille des Pyramides. Dès qu'on eut découvert les ennemis, l'armée se forma: lorsque Bonaparte eut donné ses derniers ordres, il dit, en montrant les pyramides : Allez, et pensez que du haut de ces monuments quarante siecles nous observent.