Through Russian Snows

G. A. Henty (1832 - 1902)

There are few campaigns that, either in point of the immense scale upon which it was undertaken, the completeness of its failure, or the enormous loss of life entailed, appeal to the imagination in so great a degree as that of Napoleon against Russia. Fortunately, we have in the narratives of Sir Robert Wilson, British commissioner with the Russian army, and of Count Segur, who was upon Napoleon's staff, minute descriptions of the events as seen by eye-witnesses, and besides these the campaign has been treated fully by various military writers. I have as usual avoided going into details of horrors and of acts of cruelty and ferocity on both sides, surpassing anything in modern warfare, and have given a mere outline of the operations, with a full account of the stern fight at Smolensk and the terrible struggle at Borodino. I would warn those of my readers who may turn to any of the military works for a further history of the campaign, that the spelling of Russian places and names varies so greatly in the accounts of different writers, that sometimes it is difficult to believe that the same person or town is meant, and even in the narratives by Sir Robert Wilson, and by Lord Cathcart, our ambassador at St. Petersburg, who was in constant communication with him, scarcely a name will be found similarly spelt. I mention this, as otherwise much confusion might be caused by those who may compare my story with some of these recognized authorities, or follow the incidents of the campaign upon maps of Russia.. (Introduction by G.A. Henty)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, War & Military Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Gary Olman
Play 01 01 - Two Brothers Gary Olman
Play 02 02 - Before the Justices Gary Olman
Play 03 03 - In a fresh Scrape Gary Olman
Play 04 04 - The Smuggler's Cave Gary Olman
Play 05 05 - Following a Trail Gary Olman
Play 06 06 - A Commission Gary Olman
Play 07 07 - A French Prision Gary Olman
Play 08 08 - Pistol Practice Gary Olman
Play 09 09 - A Duel Gary Olman
Play 10 10 - Smolensk Gary Olman
Play 11 11 - With the Russian Army Gary Olman
Play 12 12 - Borodino Gary Olman
Play 13 13 - With the Rear Guard Gary Olman
Play 14 14 - Ney's Retreat Gary Olman
Play 15 15 - In Comfortable Quarters Gary Olman
Play 16 16 - An Unexpected Meeting Gary Olman