Excerpt from In the King's German Legion: Memoirs of Baron Ompteda, Colonel in the King's German Legion During the Napoleonic Wars The English reader of the later nineteenth century, habitually shy of ceremony and suspicious of sentiment, may t unnaturally think Christian Ompteda's language affected or over-sensitive, unless reminded that such copious and unreserved expression of feeling belonged to the place and time in which he grew up, a period when the cultivated world of Germany and elsewhere was as wildly Wertherist as it subsequently became gloomily Byronic. Christian Ompteda is really quite genuine and natural when he repeatedly assures his brothers of his lasting affection, and his friends of his profound esteem - feelings modern brothers and friends would perhaps take for granted. The man's natural simplicity and bility of character are to be discerned behind the veil of the style, w almost archaic, of only a hundred years ago. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.