Life in Napoleon's Army: The Graphic Memoirs of Captain Elzear Blaze, with introduction by Philip Hawthornthwaite and commentary by Sir Charles James Napier, hardcover (very good condition)
The military memoirs of Elzéar Blaze will be known to any serious student of the French army. Blaze joined the French army in 1805, first as a velite of the guard and then as a cadet at the Fontainebleau military academy. He was commissioned a sous-lieutenant in 1807 and fought in all the major campaigns from that year to 1815. His memoir is a chatty narrative of bivouacs and billets, foraging and cooking, amours and escapades and of the field and garrison. Blaze says remarkably little about his experience in battle but does provide much information about the daily life of the French soldier and about the civilians with whom he came into contact.