'Blaze was an acute observer of human nature ...these memoirs have great charm, enhanced by the author's honesty and readiness to admit his true feelings ...another fine addition to their outstanding Napoleonic Library.' British Army Review Blaze's memoirs are one of the most fascinating recollections of the Napoleonic Wars ever to be published. Written by an officer of wide experience and colourful style, the memoirs present an outstanding picture of the First Empire, providing an officer's perspective view of the character, customs and mode of operation of the French army. Its value is enriched and enlivened by anecdotes from the author's own experiences. Blaze entered the army as a youth, via the Imperial Guard elite organisation, a path only open to those of some wealth. After gaining his commission as an officer, he served in the campaigns from Poland in 1807 to the fall of France in 1814. The wide range and extent of his service made Blaze perfectly suited to produce a record of Napoleon's army during this climactic period.
CAPTAIN ELEAZAR BLAZE served with distinction in the armies of Napoleon and saw action in Poland, Spain and Germany. He began his career as a Velite in the Imperial Guard and was later commissioned into a line infantry regiment, attaining the rank of captain in 1814.