A fantastic blog post concerning Napoleon’s retreat from Russia!
Two hundred years ago today, the last of Napoleon’s Grande Armee staggered out of Russia frostbitten, starving and half dead.
The ramshackle column of fewer than 50,000 scarecrows was all that remained of the seemingly unstoppable 690,000-strong invasion force that fearlessly marched into the Tsar’s empire on June 24.
By the end of the ill-fated six-month campaign, more than half a million of Bonaparte’s troops were dead, missing or captured. Some had died for lack of provisions. Others were killed in the epic battles at Smolensk and Borodino or the countless small skirmishes that were fought on the road to Moscow. Tens of thousands of others had deserted or even changed sides.
Yet according to a piece posted yesterday on Slate.com entitled, “Why Napoleon Lost In Russia, One of the Great Military Upsets”, it wasn’t enemy generalship, the resolve of the Russian soldiers or even the brutal winter that…
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