Thousands recreate Napoleonic battle near Moscow

Members of Russian historical reconstruction clubs reenacted the Battle of Maloyaroslavets, which took place near Moscow during the 1812 Napoleonic war in Russia. Participants playing French and Russian troops ‘attacked’ each other with artillery, infantry and cavalry.
After Napoleon’s decision to evacuate Moscow, French troops withdrew from the Russian capital when the Russian army – led by Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov – caught up with the retreating French army, ruining their plans to winter in southern Russia.
More than 12,000 people died during the fight at Maloyaroslavets.


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