This book concentrates on the dramatic experiences of Napoleon's Army of the Orient in Egypt and the Holy Land. The experiences of fighting the Mamelukes and Turks are covered in depth, detailing desert combat, siege warfare, cavalry skirmishes and the suppression of uprisings. It examines the French treatment of prisoners as well as the fate of captured Frenchmen. Experiences such as caring for the wounded, outbreaks of bubonic plague, and terrible retreat from Acre in 1799 are all described in detail by the men who were there. The experiences of infantry, cavalry and sea soldiers of Napoleon's Army of the Orient are brought vividly back to life.
Terry Crowdy has had a life-long interest in the life and times of the common soldier of the late-18th and early-19th centuries, with a particular passion for the subject of the French 9eme Legere. A committed re-enactor and historical researcher. Terry has written numerous articles for various magazines on the French forces of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. He lives in Kent, UK. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television, and she has established herself as one of Osprey's most popular illustrators. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide.
Introduction - Chronology - Assembling the expedition - Finding their sea legs - Life on board - Marooned - Another world - Everyday life - Campaigns and combat - Home - Colour plate commentary - Museums - Collecting - Re-enactment - Index