Author(s): Aart Kool (Editor)
In 1812 Aart Kool was a young Dutch engineering officer in Napoleon's army on the march to Moscow. Of the 600,000 troops in that infamous campaign, only 15,000 made it home. Aart was one.
Twenty-five years later he wrote a vivid and engrossing account of his involvement in this setback for the French empire. A century later, on the anniversary of Napoleon's defeat, his story was published in a Rotterdam newspaper.
Now, two hundred years after 1812, it has been translated into English and is published here for the first time.
“These notes about my life were to be expanded at the end of my military career, with the many memories I still have. Unfortunately, a nerve-related illness makes this task so difficult for me that I have failed to do much. In rereading this material, and the many official documents I still have, I can imagine that my son, or one of my grandchildren, might find a pen to write up my history one day. I give my blessing from my resting place for this, as I assume this will not happen until after my death.”