Saturday, December 31, 2005
Another myth falls: Not Russian winter but Russian bugs felled Napoleon
Jon Henley in The Gruadnia
"Ever since his catastrophic retreat from Moscow, the terrible losses suffered by Napoleon's soldiers have been blamed on hunger and the biting cold of the Russian winter. But according to new research by French scientists, the fabled Grande Armée, reduced to 30,000 men by December 1812 from a total of 600,000-700,000 just six months earlier, was actually felled by ...typhus and trench fever"
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