RECOLLECTIONS FROM THE RANKS: THREE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS’ AUTOBIOGRAPHIES FROM THE NAPOLEONIC WARS.
156pp., 12 b/w portraits, 7 illus, 2 panoramas, 2 battle maps. 2017. Pamfil Nazarov, as a Jager of the Finland Regiment witnessed the Battle of Leipzig and the fall of Paris; Ivan Ostroukhov was inducted into the Guard, serving with the Uhlans as a choral singer in its reserve squadron; Rafail Zotov volunteered to serve as a junior officer in the militia when the French invaded. His preconceived notions of war and military service were challenged, and his abilities as a leader tested by his experiences on the hard marches through the north to the battles of Polotsk and Berezina and on to the siege of Danzig in 1813.