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    DescriptionEver since the 15th century Switzerland had been exporting professional soldiers to serve as mercenaries for foreign monarchies. Napoleon, therefore, was not the first to make full use of the martial qualities of the Swiss and obtained Swiss agreement to expand the recruitment of regiments for service in the French Army. Napoleon would use Swiss troops on the battlefields of Italy and Spain, and in 1812 re-organize the four original regiments into a single division for the invasion of Russia, with each regiment having three full-strength battalions. In all theatres where they were engaged, Swiss contingents would often be relied upon to act as rearguards so other forces caught in a tight situation could escape. Time and again they would be asked to save the day for the French soldiers with whom they fought, in Italy and Spain and most famously for Napoleon himself, in Russia. In November of 1812, meeting up with Napoleon's main force retreating from Moscow at the Berezina River, the Swiss on the west bank guarded the approaches to the pontoon bridges from the Russian attack to the south. 1,200 Swiss, out of approximately 8,000 that entered Russia, were left to face, along with 8,000 men from other units, the 30,000-strong Russian army. The Swiss held their ground and when their ammunition ran out they charged the Russians with bayonets. This book reveals the proud combat history of the Swiss troops of Napoleon's army as well as the colourful uniforms they wore.

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    Napoleon's Swiss Troops
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Greentree, Illustrated by Gerry Embleton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 48
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 998 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849086783
    ISBN 10: 1849086788

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
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    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037060
    B&T Approval Code: A44093000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130, HIS027180
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH, 1DFH
    DC22: 358
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027060
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    DC23: 940.274
    LC classification: DC226.6.P362 S954 2012
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    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D
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    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.)
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    20 March 2012
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    Author Information
    David Greentree was born in Portsmouth in 1970. He attended Portsmouth Grammar School, where he developed an interest in military history. He studied for a BA in History at York before taking an MA in War Studies at King's College London and qualifying as a lecturer in Further Education at Cardiff. In 1995 he accepted a commission into the Royal Air Force, and has since served in a variety of locations, including Afghanistan. He is currently working in the Ministry of Defence in London.