Napoleon's Shield & Guardian: The Unconquerable General Daumesnil

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Frontline Books, 2003/01/08 - 288 ページ
This outstanding biography is the story of courage. It charts the career of a superbly brave cavalryman against the rise and fall of his imperial master. Pierre Daumesnil was a loyal follower of Napoleon during his rise and his fall. Enlisting as a private soldier in 1793, he was caught up in the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, surviving campaign after campaign and emerging as a much-decorated general and Baron of the Empire. It was a meteoric rise but one earned through hard fighting, bravery and indefatigable courage. Daumesnil accompanied Napoleon as an officer of his chasseurs and his service record reflects his years of experience on the field of battle. Daumesnil joined the French Army as a private in 1793 and was serving in Napoleon's Guides in 1797. He served in Egypt in 1798, charged at Marengo in 1800, fought at Austerlitz and Eylau, campaigned in Spain and saw action in Wagram. Terribly wounded at that battle, losing a leg, Daumesnil became governor of the fortress of Vincennes. It was here that he played his most celebrated role in the wars of Napoleon by refusing to surrender the fortress to the Allies in 1814 and again in 1815. Daumesnil's life was an adventure and one which typifies the dash, colour and verve of this astonishing period. This biography, by a leading author, will appeal to Napoleonic enthusiasts and those interested in the life and times of Napoleon's elite cavalrymen.
 

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Prefaces
6
List of illustrations
8
Introduction
9
Chapter One A tumultuous youth
15
Chapter Two A grim introduction to the life of a soldier
19
Chapter Three A first glimpse of fame
41
Chapter Four New perils and new honors in Egypt
67
Chapter Five A Chasseur à cheval de la Garde
89
Chapter Sixteen The deluge
255
Chapter Seventeen The tightrope
275
Chapter Eighteen The One Hundred Days
285
Chapter Nineteen The blockade
309
Chapter Twenty Years of silence
351
Chapter Twentyone Game set and match
361
Chapter Twentytwo The final battle
375
Epilogue
381

Chapter Six Years of evolution
109
Chapter Seven From Ulm to Austerlitz to Warsaw
119
Chapter Eight Jéna Auerstädt
135
Chapter Nine The bloody snows of Eylau
143
Chapter Ten Once again Spain
159
Chapter Eleven The turning point
185
Chapter Twelve New honors new distractions
227
Chapter Thirteen The best of Times
233
Chapter Fourteen I need a man on whom I can count
237
Chapter Fifteen The gathering storm
245
Annex A The service record of Pierre Daumesnil
387
Annex B Bonapartes proclamation to the Army of Italy
390
Annex C The Convention of Paris
391
Annex D Blücher vs Wellington re Napoleons fate
393
Annex E The Address of 23 March 1815
395
Notes on illustrations
396
Bibliography
398
Index of names of persons
403
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