Napoleon’s Drummers

Last night I came across an interesting snippet in Andrew Robert’s excellent biography of Napoleon .

Napoleon’s experiences in Russia stir images of bitter winter conditions, but it was not always so. This sentence describes their early advances in the July of 1812:

“The heat threw up a choking dust so thick that drummers had to be stationed at the head of battalions so that the men marching behind wouldn’t get lost.”

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