Under Two Captains; A Romance of History

Under Two Captains; A Romance of History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...and the Cossack Guard. At the same hour the Austrian Meerveldt dashed out from Connewitz, but only to his destruction. General Bertrand successfully resisted superior numbers and drove them back to Plagewitz. So night fell with the advantage on our side, Blucher having made the only permanent advance for the Allies. In view of the advantage being on his side, Napoleon saw fit the next day to offer terms of peace. These were not accepted, but there was at least a day of truce. Napoleon certainly intended to withdraw westward from Leipsic, yet no advantage was taken of this breathing spell to build bridges over the small but deep rivers cutting that route. Had he forgotten, or did his mighty genius flag at that critical moment? Napoleon's terms were refused, so at 7 o'clock on the morning of the 18th the battle was renewed, the left wing under Ney facing north near Gohlis. Napoleon occupied a hillock at Thornberg with the Old Guard as a reserve. Before long Ney was forced to withdraw before Bernadotte and Benningsen, so as to avoid being surrounded. For the most part, however, there was but little maneuvering for position; only the most savage fighting. At the centre, under Napoleon's own eye, the carnage was such that words cannot describe; ArmaGeddon had been realized on earth. So it was at Probstheida under General Victor. Here the Russians and Prussians made ten bayonet charges, each time meeting with fiercest repulse. The air at times was thick with human limbs, torn off by the cannon's blast; the soil was flesh. So it was at Stoetteritz and elsewhere. Two thousand cannon were thundering at once; but, as night fell, many of these and most of the muskets had become too hot for use, and the frenzied, de-humanized soldiers fought on in the hand...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488873
  • 9781236488879