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Napoleon’s surrender and retreat from Moscow in 1812 is a pinnacle of military horror. Of the 600,000 men who crossed into Russia in June of 1812, only 25,000 would survive. Jakob Walter, a conscript soldier, was one of those survivors. His observant diary captures the everyday circumstances that soldiers suffered during the campaign.

©1991 Doubleday (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Neil
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 09-03-11

An Extraordinary account of Survival during War

In one account Jakob Walter describes crossing the Berezina River in Russian where the Grand Armee was almost trapped. He describes it in the exact dates November 26-29 of 1812. He writes as thousands of men and horses cross or were pushed in to never reappear.
His ability to survive this event and the cold and hunger is quite amazing. Being robbed by his own comrades of his horses, clothing, as well as, Cossack raids and eventually walking back to Germany.
God was on his side, which he claims himself. If you like real accounts of survival in impossible situations then you need to read this book

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narrator pause

Good story, incredible hardship but the narrator spoke slowly with long pauses. He could have finished the story about an hour early

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