French Soldier in Egypt, 1798-1801
Artwork by Christa Hook
Bonaparteís expedition to Egypt in 1798 opened up the way for
Europe to rediscover the wonders of the ancient lands of the Pharaohs.
was a gruelling time for Bonaparteís troops, who were fighting
in a harsh foreign climate, cut off from La Belle France by Admiral
Nelsonís destruction of the French fleet at Aboukir Bay and stricken
a wonderful eye-opener about life for the soldiers of the Army
of Egypt, Terry Crowdy has put together a work that tells us a
lot about how the French fared personally during the campaign.
of French Soldier in Egypt is taken up with fascinating
extracts from diaries or journals that give an I-was-there flavour
for the reader and they superbly build on the factual story Crowdy
eyewitnesses include General Morand (when a colonel), the expedition's
First Tailor, Francois Bernoyer, and other interesting observers.
the gems are descriptions of the battle of the Nile and the reaction
of folk watching the naval action, a soldier telling of his friend's
horrific death from bubonic plague and a sick man who survived
the French army's poisoning of its own men to save them from torture
when captured - only to be nursed back to health by the Turks.
are also accounts of Bedouin atrocities where they raped French
men in front of their comrades and how Egyptian women reacted
to European men.
has broken the books into key areas of the Egyptian Campaign including
Preparations, Farewells, Malta, Aboukir and Marooned.
that isn't enough then French Soldier in Egypt also gives
you more than 40 black-and-white images, many contemporary, eight
evocative colour plates and two maps.
is an excellent addition to the knowledge base of the Napoleonic
Era and easily conveys to the reader the various challenges of
the Egyptian Campaign.
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