200 years ago - June 24th 1812: Napoleon’s invasion of Russia begins

On this day in 1812, 200 years ago, Napoleon’s Grand Armee crossed the Neman River, thus beginning his invasion of Russia. This ill-planned invasion was a major turning point in the Napoleonic Wars as France’s failure weakened Napoleon’s army and his reputation. Napoleon had failed to supply his army well, and the Russian scorched earth policy didn’t allow the French to ‘live off the land’ as they previously had. Thus, the Grand Armee was poorly supplied and this was exacerbated by the onset of Russian Winter; almost 400,000 French soldiers died. Napoleon abandoned the invasion and it ended in December 1812. This very significant event in European and world history occurred 200 years ago.

06/24/12 at 9:00am
125 notes
  1. dreamingmetal reblogged this from todayinhistory
  2. sassy-iceland reblogged this from hamburgerwithtea
  3. gotvodka reblogged this from hamburgerwithtea
  4. gerabeth reblogged this from bankston
  5. purepopfornowpeople reblogged this from bankston
  6. onetothestate reblogged this from todayinhistory and added:
    I can just picture Gretchen Weiners saying, “Oh my God, Napoleon, you can’t just invade Russia.”
  7. alucardsrightnipple reblogged this from souviet
  8. tr0tskitty reblogged this from jacosorio
  9. jacosorio reblogged this from yourfutureleader
  10. teacher-in-the-fandoms reblogged this from todayinhistory
  11. artemis-one reblogged this from todayinhistory
  12. luusir reblogged this from todayinhistory
  13. bastardcoatedbastards reblogged this from todayinhistory and added:
    Aw snap
  14. sauciness-and-wenches reblogged this from hamburgerwithtea
  15. hamburgerwithtea reblogged this from todayinhistory
  16. italianamerican reblogged this from todayinhistory
  17. gobrinanas reblogged this from todayinhistory
  18. themonstermuffin reblogged this from todayinhistory
  19. lowbrr reblogged this from todayinhistory
  20. pandolfo-malatesta reblogged this from todayinhistory and added:
    As Eddie Izzard recounts, Napoleon thought, “I’m going to kill them, I’m going to kill them, going to… Oh, it’s a bit...
  21. cicerothewriter reblogged this from todayinhistory
  22. illbebackinaflash reblogged this from throughearlymorningfogisee
  23. mr-sexypants reblogged this from todayinhistory
  24. augustdana reblogged this from todayinhistory
  25. bokuamerika reblogged this from rosiethero