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The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814
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After their surrender at the Battle of Bailen, 12,000 French prisoners of war were exiled to the bleak island of Cabrera in the Mediterranean, eight miles from Majorca, with only the clothes on their backs, no shelter, insufficient fresh water, and no food supply other than the meager rations dropped off intermittently by the Spanish. By the time they were repatriated to France after Napoleon's defeat five years later, their number had dwindled to 2,500. Never before told in English, the story of Cabrera is not only a riveting account of survival and the community formed by these men, but also an intriguing look at the politics of divided Spain during this period.
The horrific story of twelve thousand prisoners of war recalls the deprivations faced by French soldiers after surrendering following the battle of BailTn and being exiled to small island prison in 1809.
After their surrender at the Battle of Bailen, 12,000 French prisoners of war were exiled to the bleak island of Cabrera in the Mediterranean, with only the clothes on their backs. This is the meticulously researched account of their story, never before told in English. Illustrations.
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