I think the whole issue is whether Napoleon was a deserter or not. That, I had thought, had been resolved.
I wouldn't label Digby the 'anti-Bowden.' That dubious title goes to a few others, I think. Digby is Digby-a good, fair man who admits his biases and is an excellent historian to boot. Though he and I seldom agree, I am an admirer and consider him a friend.