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Napoleon invades Russia

23rd June 1812

On 23rd June 1812, 500,000 men of Napoleon's Grande Armée invaded Russia. Six months later barely 20,000 returned. The disastrous advance to Moscow and the subsequent retreat irreparably damaged Napoleon's military power and prestige and resulted one of the most celebrated catastrophes in all military history.

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