Publisher: Independently published (December 6, 2021)
Paperback: 64 pages
Napoleon's Russian Campaign of 1812 was one of the greatest disasters in military history. Count Ivan Fyodorovich Paskevich-Yerevansky, Serene Prince of Warsaw was an Imperial Russian military leader. For his victories, he was made Count of Yerevan in 1828 and Namestnik of the Kingdom of Poland in 1831. He attained the rank of field marshal in the Russian army, and later in the Prussian and Austrian armies.
Paskevich’s memoirs of Napoleon’s Russian campaign begin with the preparations for war with France and his appointment as commander of the 26th Infantry Division in General Nikolay Raevsky’s 7th Corps.
Although Paskevich’s memoirs do not cover Napoleon’s retreat in the Russian winter, they provide a key insight into the frontline of several major battles during Napoleon’s advance into Russia in the summer of 1812. It is one of the most important Russian sources for Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and brings to life the events fictionalized by Leo Tolstoy in War and Peace, the great romantic novel on Russia’s experience of the Napoleonic Wars.