The first day...

It was eight in the morning when the ordnance officer from the Emperor's headquarters arrived in the village where two companies of the 1st regiment of the imperial guard were stationed. Every soldier understood what the arrival of such an officer meant; The army will soon be on the move. When he arrived to the town's center, he immediately identified where the Corps commander was lodged. He stopped his horse and dismounted quickly. As a corporal got a hold of the reins, the officer had already entered the house. After a while, the two officers met again. They greeted each other like old acquaintance before separating. Then the general sounded a proclamation which was followed by a big commo

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