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Adrian Carton de Wiart was an adventurer, at least that is the vision presented to us in his memoirs. A picture of the Norway campaign is delivered, with some editorial content. After Norway, he was Adrian Carton de Wiart was a complete mad-man, uncommonly courageous, and strikingly modest. He never once even metions winning the VC in his memoir.
Worth a read just for the part where he rips off his own fingers so he can get back to the front lines faster. Happy Odyssey. Adrian Carton de Wiart. In the winter of , Napoleon's army retreated from Moscow under appalling conditions, hunted by three separate Russian armies, its chances of survival apparently nil. By late November Napoleon had reached the banks of the River Berezina—the last natural obstacle between his army and the safety of the Polish frontier.
But instead of finding the river frozen solid enough to march his men across, an unseasonable thaw had turned the Berezina into an icy torrent. Having already ordered the burning of his bridging equipment, Napoleon's predicament was serious enough: but with the army of Admiral Chichagov holding the opposite bank, and those of Kutusov and Wittgenstein closing fast, it was critical. Only a miracle could save him In a gripping narrative Alexander Mikaberidze describes how Napoleon rose from the pit of despair to the peak of his powers in order to achieve that miracle.
Drawing on contemporary sources—letters, diaries, memoirs—he recreates one of the greatest escapes in military history—a story often half-told in general histories of the Russian campaign but never before fully explored.
Adrian Carton de Wiart
This article uses a Belgian surname: his surname is Carton de Wiart , not Wiart. He was awarded the Victoria Cross , the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" in various Commonwealth countries. He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a prisoner-of-war camp ; and tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. After returning home from service including a period as a prisoner-of-war in the Second World War , he was sent to China as Winston Churchill 's personal representative.
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The least you can say about this person is that he indeed has lived an adventurous life, shedding random body parts hither and dither. Nevertheless the book should rather be titled: "Life of an upstart". Remarkable memories of one of the most awesome lives lived from the end of the Victorian era to the swinging sixties. Quite an outstanding individual. Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.
Adrian Carton de Wiart was an adventurer, at least that is the vision presented to us in his memoirs. A picture of the Norway campaign is delivered, with some editorial content. After Norway, he was Adrian Carton de Wiart was a complete mad-man, uncommonly courageous, and strikingly modest. He never once even metions winning the VC in his memoir. Worth a read just for the part where he rips off his own fingers so he can get back to the front lines faster.
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