Chapter 23 Notes

My fictitious character Jean Coignart attended the same military schools as Napoleon: the Royal Military School at Brienne-le-Chateau and the Ecolé Militaire. Napoleon specialized in Artillery. For more on Napoleon, see Wikipedia, or try this link to

The Russian Campaign. Given the wealth of material covering this campaign, I’ll list here only two of my favourite resources: The Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne, and Through Fire and Ice with Napoleon in 1812, by Eugéne Labaume. It was Captain Labaume who used the phrase which I borrowed, describing a face without its head, like a mask.