October 19 1812 CE – Napoleon Retreats from Russia

October 19 1812 CE – Napoleon Retreats from RussiaRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Throughout Napoleon’s career as a general, he built a reputation for conceiving ambitious battle plans and somehow managing to pull them off, either through ingenious tactics or sheer force of will. All that came to an end on October 19, 1812. Unable to break through Russian resistance, the French Emperor turned his army to the west in hopes of retreating before winter snows trapped them, setting the stage for one of the most infamous defeats in military history. By 1812, the French Empire had far outgrown the borders that existed when Napoleon took the reins […]