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Marengo: Italian campaign by the reserve army

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Grenadier on horseback in the guard of the Consuls, Joseph Petit recounts his campaign of 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte's second campaign in Italy.

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Author Grenadier on horseback Joseph Petit
ISBN 978-1720034582
Date of publication November 2018
Format 150 x 227 mm
Pagination 160 pages
Shaping Paperback, matte cover
Weight 274 g
Tongue French
Editor Self-publishing

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First reissue since 1801 of these memoirs. Grenadier on horseback in the guard of the Consuls, Joseph Petit recounts his campaign of 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte's second campaign in Italy. He describes the passage of the Great St. Bernard Pass by the First Consul, the advance of the French army in the valleys of the Alps and the entry into Milan.His story ends with the death of General Desaix and the victorious charge of the cavalry of the Consuls' guard behind the brigade leader Jean-Baptiste Bessières, in the plain of Marengo, June 14, 1800.Joseph Petit is an honest man, full of frankness and, if he does not bother with sentences that he could not turn, he knows how to see and look. His account has rare qualities, the seriousness and aplomb that the mounted grenadiers of the guard put in their charges. Here, no jokes, no sentences to effect, but a good faith that moves and a naivety that delights ..