Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier, The

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Eighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter served in the Grand Army of Napoleon between 1806 and 1813. His diary intimately records his trials: the long, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland, the disastrous Russian campaign, and the demoralizing defeat in a war few supported or understood. It is at once a compelling chronicle of a young soldier’s loss of innocence and an eloquent and moving portrait of the profound effects of all wars on the men who fight them.

Pages: 208

Pages: 208

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Fascinating accounts of grueling marches, disastrous campaigns, and treachery of allies give a face to the conscripts in the Napoleonic wars. Some accounts are not for the faint of heart, so be aware of incidents of eating blood and parts of dogs during times of starvation. Even if your students aren’t history buffs, they will find this compelling.

  • Tapestry of Grace families: This journal is read for 4 weeks in Unit 1.
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