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3) BEFORE BOROVSK, 26 OCTOBER

After considerable effort, and constantly being hustled forward by the rearguard, they reached Borovsk on the 25th just as the night was falling.

Here they made camp and found that most of the army had done likewise, but the town and a number of villages around were on fire; this, combined with a sea of campfires, transformed a mellow autumnal evening into a scene of awful grandeur.

On the morning of the 26th large bands of Cossacks attacked those villages that lined the Moscow road and killed, wounded or chased out those stragglers who had lodged there. Next they tried to attack the army's camps but were driven of by cannon discharges and the Guard cavalry.

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4) BETWEEN DOROGOBOUYE AND MIKALEVKA, 7 NOVEMBER

On the 7th November a massive snowstorm announced the true arrival of the Russian winter. They struggled forward not knowing where they were or who surrounded them. A furious storm blew up and Huge flakes of ice blew into the soldiers faces - flakes which soon settled and sought to obstruct the march. This is the point where the convoy really start to come apart and men start to freeze to death.
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5) CAMP NEAR MIKALEVKA, 7 NOVEMBER

The ancient City of the Czars was nothing but a heap of mouldering rubble and eyes had turned westward towards far-off homelands.

The sky clouded over, the snow fell and the icy north came down upon them with all it's attendant furies. The road disappeared, and as far as the eye could see, a sheet of white stretched to the horizon. The faithful Gunners made incredible efforts to save their pieces; they buried those they could no longer drag with them.

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6) ON THE ROAD, NOT FAR FROM PNEVA, 8 NOVEMBER

From Mikalevka, where the night was spent, the retreat continued. The brilliant army that crossed the Niemen would scarcely recognise itself now.

"The man on the left, the most brilliant captain, seems oblivious to the group warming their hands by a fire fed by broken wheels and gun carriages. Behind them stand the ordinance officers, ready for the least signal. Do you recognise the man in the grey coat? The man who led us so often in battle and to victory now partially disguised in a fur cap? It is the Emperor."
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7) IN THE SUBURBS OF SMOLENSK, ON THE RIGHT BANK OF THE BORYSTHENE, 12NOVEMBER

Smolensk was reached after twenty days' marching. They had marched through this town in triumph only two months before, but now they entered it covered in rags. It was hoped that rest and succour could be got. But their illusions were soon shattered. There was no food, no clothing - not even shelter from the cold. Here the final binds of discipline were cast aside; from now on they thought only of self survival.

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8) CAMP IN SMOLENSK, 13 NOVEMBER

The promised land of Smolensk, a place to end the suffering, the goal of the troops efforts. They imagined abundance in the city's depots, warm houses and secure winter quarters to end their woes. All this had maintained their courage and kept the soldiers in the ranks. But it was all a lie. It was nothing more than an a miserable pit, and Smolensk, instead of putting an end to the destruction, only hastened the end of the entire army.
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Charge of Testot-Ferry at the battle of Craonne by Pierre Benigni.



Colonel Claude Testot-Ferry of the 1st Régiment d’Eclaireurs de la Garde Imperiale ( 1st Regiment of Scouts of the Imperial Guard ) at Craonne and Arcis-sur-Aube.

In 1803, as a young lieutenant, he left for Russia with his friend Colonel Auguste François-Marie de Colbert-Chabanais on a diplomatic mission. On Colbert-Chabanais's recommendation, he became a captain and aide de camp of general Marmont, whose career he followed as far as Spain and then again from the Restoration ( Testot-Ferry and Marmont became great friends and were buried in the same cemetery ). In 1805, Testot-Ferry distinguished himself at the battle of Reifling ( Austria ), where he captured a whole Austrian battalion (450 soldiers and 19 officers).

On 3 March 1808, having strongly impressed Napoleon on their first meeting, Napoleon personally named Claude Testot-Ferry chef d'escadron, and he set out to join the 13e Cuirassiers for the Peninsular War. In that campaign he recovered general Auguste François-Marie de Colbert-Chabanais's body shortly after his death, and distinguished himself at the siege of Saragossa.

In 1811, Napoleon summoned him to join the regiment of Dragoons in the Imperial Guard, known as the "Empress's Dragoons", at the rank of major. In 1813, he was put in command of the 3rd squadron of the Old Guard at the battle of Leipzig, then the 2nd squadron at the battle of Hanau. At Hanau he received 22 sabre and lance cuts before safely reaching the rear to have his wounds treated. On this campaign he was promoted to colonel, then Colonel-Major, and took command of the 1st Régiment d'Eclaireurs de la Garde Imperiale, with whom he served throughout the campaign in France in 1814. (The dolman worn by him as a colonel-major in the 1st Régiment d'Éclaireurs is now held in the Château de l'Empéri at Salon de Provence, as part of the famous Raoul & Jean Brunon collection).

His deeds at Craonne are accounted his bravest. In effect, the regiment he was commanding was charged with clearing the plateaus of the Russian batteries located on the heights. Unfortunately, the cavalry found itself entirely routed by the Russian infantry but Testot-Ferry, saving the situation, reorganised his troops and led another charge within sight of Marshal Ney and Napoleon. This charge succeeded in clearing away the Russian batteries and Testot-Ferry was made a baron by Napoleon on the field of battle. He charged at the head of his squadrons through the enemy's infantry squares towards their artillery. When a cannonball killed his horse he took that of an officer killed next to him and continued to lead the charge, losing his second horse while overrunning the Russian guns.

However, he was taken prisoner two weeks later at the battle of Arcis-sur-Aube but succeeded in escaping and rejoined his regiment at Sens.
During the battle, Napoleon himself had a lucky escape when his entourage were attacked by Cossacks. The duty squadrons came to his aide and Colonel Testot-Ferry, also noticing the danger, charged with his Scouts in order to relieve the Emperor. His horse was killed and Testot-Ferry was captured by the Cossacks.
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9) BETWEEN KORYTHNIA AND KRASNOI, 15 NOVEMBER

On the early morning of the 14 November, the Imperial Headquarters and Imperial Guard left Smolensk. and after dragging themselves through deep snow, reached Korythnia and spent the night their. On the 15th the march was resumed towards Krasnoi. At noon the Russians put in a concerted attack upon the Imperial Guard. This was the beginning of a battle against 20,000 Russians under General Miloradovich who was occupying Krasnoi in order to cut their retreat.

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10) BETWEEN KORYTHNIA AND KRASNOI, 15 NOVEMBER

The Russians did not put up much of resistance and moved out of the way. General Miloradovich's troops were content with shadowing the French left and harassing the ranks with artillery fire, though the French eventually arrived at Krasnoi.
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11) CAMP AT KRASNOI, 16 NOVEMBER

The Imperial Headquarters and Old Guard which numbered 5,000 men, occupied the little town and filled every house. Everyone else had to make do with what ever shelter they could find in the streets and gardens and considered themselves lucky if they were able to warm themselves by a fire.

After confused actions against The Russians on the 16th-17th, and an attack by the Imperial Guard, the way was open and the French reached Lyadi without further incident.

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12) NEAR BOBR, 23 NOVEMBER

Although there had been something of a thaw over the past couple of days, this was soon replaced with heavy snow - something that impeded the march.

Russian columns were a constant shadow that kept their distance but were also suffering from the intemperate climate. However, the hovering Cossacks and bands of armed peasants were always a constant threat and made it very dangerous for any French soldier to stray from the main road or lag behind.

A typical scene that has been depicted in this picture is of a wounded officer and his wife, after considerable efforts to get this far, have just seen the horse that pulled their sledge collapse and die. The bulk of the army has passed but there is still hope that the rearguard may give assistance. But the rearguard is some way off and darkness is fast approaching, and perhaps, also their fate.
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13) ON THE RIGHT BANK OF THE BERESNIA, 27 NOVEMBER

Dawn on the 27th November saw a confused crowd of men, horses and vehicles pour down to the bridges. Although the enemy was some distance off, the situation was frightening and the horror of it was augmented by orders given to the Gendarmes and pontonniers not to let anyone pass but armed men or those in formation. All others were pushed back into the crowd, most often by force, and hundreds were crushed under foot or thrust into the water. Even those that were granted permission to cross were not entirely out of danger. If they managed to negotiate the slippery ramps they were lucky, but, from there onwards, if they slipped they would be trampled underfoot or pushed into the freezing waters of the Berezina.

In the midst of this confusion stood the Emperor. He was close by the river bank, between the two bridges, and he sought to exert some measure of order over the chaos around him. He oversaw the crossing until the evening when, with his suite, he himself crossed to the right bank and established his headquarters in the hamlet of Zaniviki.

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14) CAMP ON THE RIGHT BANK OF THE BERESNIA, 27 NOVEMBER

Thick snow and pitch darkness everywhere made Zaniviki 'occupied by the imperial headquarters and old guard' a beacon for the troops and stragglers, attracted by the glow of campfires. Zaniviki would disappear, consumed in the countless campfires by the following morning.
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15) CROSSING THE BEREZINA, 28 NOVEMBER

The dawn of the 28th was heralded by artillery fire. General Wittgenstein with 40,000 Russians was baring down upon the French from the direction of Borisov, whilst General Chichakov, with 27,000 men was attempting to attack the bridges on the right bank. For those French that were stuck on the left bank, the hour had come. They rose up and threw themselves at the two bridges. The left hand bridge collapsed for the third time under the weight of the fugitives, and any attempt to repair it was thwarted by the subsequent disorder and confusion.

The 6,000 men of Victor's corps, made heroic attempts to stem Wittgenstein's advance, whilst Oudinot, Ney and Dombrowski managed to push Chichagov back to Stakova. Meanwhile Wittgenstein was pushing Victor back towards the bridges with his superior numbers and eventually was able to get his artillery to fire on those at the bridges. This caused the fugitives to start panicking, rushing the bridges and killing many underfoot.

As night fell the Russian artillery slackened then stopped. At 9PM Victor' Corps was able to force a passage through the carnage and pass over to the right bank, leaving a rearguard at Studianka.

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16) BETWEEN PLESZENITZY AND SMORGONI, 2 DECEMBER

From the Berezina, the retreat moved on to a series of bridges over the Zembin marshes. Vilna, with its magazines and stores, was now the object of attention for the troops. Those who could outstrip the rest of the army were sometimes lucky to find shelter in inhabited places.

"Here we see some officers of the 25th Division in the room of a farmhouse, they probably still remember their pretty hostess who went by the name of the Carpenter's Wife".
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17) NEAR SMORGONI, 3 DECEMBER

During the first days of December the weather got colder, which in turn made the suffering of the retreating army even worse. their were more and more people and animals dying of cold, hunger and exhaustion. the sick and dying were being stripped of clothing and buried under the snow. Vilna was the next place of hope and people were sacrificing every last drop of energy to reach that place of sanctuary.

Smorgoni was reached on the 3rd of December. At this place were replacements waiting patiently for the army to arrive, they in turn would suffer the same fate as the rest of the army whilst being used in the rearguard, and not many of them would see Vilna.

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18) NEAR OSCHIMANY, 4 DECEMBER

The army dragged itself ever onwards through the worsening cold, more and more dead and dying littered the road. They were constantly under harassment by Cossacks who were in turn kept at bay by small bands of stragglers or detachments engaged in running battles through the snow.
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19) THE LICHTENSTEIN CAFE, 7 DECEMBER

Vilna was not the sanctuary and relief that was hoped for, indeed, it was a story of more people being crushed to death whilst trying to surge into the town and safety from the pursuing Russians. Even those that got into the town found themselves locked out of most places of shelter and thus many more died due to the temperature that fell to 28 degrees of frost. As for the magazines, they were closed to all unless they had written permission.

"The most fortunate arrived before the bulk of the army reached the town. They found themselves quarters, food and other essentials, and many sought out the Lichtenstein Cafe.

Vilna was evacuated by the French on one side of the town on the 10th December, just as the Cossacks were entering at the other

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20) NEAR EVE, 11 DECEMBER

Vilna was evacuated on the 10th December and thousands of dead, dying and prisoners of war were left behind.

Onwards they trudged till they came to the partially buried small town of Eve
which offered very little. All the survivors wanted now was to reach the Niemen at Knovo.

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21) BETWEEN BRAUNSBERG AND EBLING, 21 DECEMBER

As 1812 came to an end so too did the incredible suffering: The fatal retreat from Moscow was over. Those that survived crossed the Niemen and made their way to various points along the Vistula and hence to their assigned places of rendezvous.

"This last plate shows a group of officers somewhere along the road between Braunberg and Ebling. They have just had a brief meal before, once more, setting out and making their way to their overnight stop and welcome shelter.

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One of my favourite scenes of the battle of Waterloo. A bit to romantic maybe.

By the way, thanks for the great pictures Paul. Your written explanations really add a new understanding to the pictures. Like you are theres yourself.
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