Gesm (17/05/14 08:19)
For over a century, the blatte at Borodino held the record for the most number of soldiers killed in blatte at one time, until WW1 (Battle of the Somme I think). Some 60,000 soldiers perished on both sides.The Russian army was outnumbered and outgunned, so there was no point fighting Napoleon head on. Had they done so, Napoleon would have won on day 1, when he ordered his army to cross into Russia. Rather than face Napoleon, Russian forces staged several tactical retreats to preserve their strength, to the extent they could to fight another day. In this regard the Russian military leadership was sensible (although one of the generals had to be removed for perceived cowardice) and successful. The only major blatte where both armies faced each other was at Borodino and there the Russians were tactically defeated, but not destroyed.The French and British did not learn from Napoleon's folly and some five decades later they too lost a large number of soldiers to Russia's winter during the Crimean War. I read somewhere they lost more soldiers from exposure then in blatte.