The Ordeal of Captain Roeder
From the Diary of an Officer in the First Battalion of Hessian Lifeguards During the Moscow Campaign of 1812-13
Originally published in 1960, Captain Franz Roeder’s ability to bring to life the rigours in the Hessian Lifeguards during Napoleon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812-13, together with Helen Roeder’s skilful narrative, make this book one of the most compelling accounts of the sufferings of the Napoleonic Army. This is both an impelling personal story and a document of outstanding historical interest.
Table of Contents
Prelude. 1. The First Encounter 2. Venus and Mars 3. Honey Days 4. The Road to Rostock 5. Four Months at Rostock 6. Greifswald to Kovno 7. The Captain Sheaths His Sword 8. The March to Vitebsk 9. Sojourn at Vitebsk 10. The Road to Smolesnk 11. Riding to Viazma 13. The Gathering Storm 14. The Terrible Month 15. Prisoners of War 16. Escape to the Frontier 17. Brief Freedom 18. Long Imprisonment 19. The Order of Release 20. The Return. Index