Entry of the French into Moscow, 14 September 1812, (c1850). After the bloody but indecisive Battle of Moscow the Russians retreated, leaving the French to take occupation of a burning city - set on fire by the Russians themselves. Hoping for a Russian surrender that never came, Bonaparte waited in Moscow for five weeks before leaving on 5 December to return to Paris where a coup had been foiled and to raise another army. His troops endured a bitter retreat, harrassed by the Russians and tormented by starvation and the Russian winter. Print from a series depicting the campaigns of Napoleon I, published c1850.
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