Re-enactment marks 200th anniversary of Borodino
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Last Updated: Monday, September 03, 2012, 09:23
  
Borodino: Two hundred years after the key battle of the French-Russian war, thousands of enthusiasts are re-enacting the clash.

The Battle of Borodino, in which Napoleon Bonaparte's Army fought against Czarist troops and Cossacks, claimed at least 70,000 lives by most estimates. It was glorified in Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace”.

The battle, which took place about 100 kilometres west of Moscow, pushed Russian forces out of position and Napoleon's Army eventually seized the capital. But the Russian withdrawal at Borodino had preserved the Army's strength and Napoleon was forced to retreat from Moscow a few weeks later.

On Sunday, former French president Valaory Giscard d'Estaing opened the re-enactment, in which almost 3,000 enthusiasts from Russia, France and 20 other countries took part.

PTI


First Published: Monday, September 03, 2012, 09:23


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