The Battle of Borodino
We live in the 21st century in a fast changing world. The world of new ideas and new technologies, but we shouldn’t forget that our present life has been prepared by everything that has happened on our planet so far.
The Battle of Borodino was on September,7 in 1812 between the Russian army and the French army. It was a patriotic war and the Battle of Borodino had a great importance. It was 125 km west of Moscow.
The French army was larger and better equipped. Bur the Russian Commander in Chief was Mikhail Kutuzov. He was very experienced and decided to attack the enemy’s troops. He chose the position on the battlefield, ordered to make trenches, fleches, and redoubts.
It was the largest and bloodiest battle in the war. About a third of Napoleon’s soldiers were killed or wounded. Russian losses were also heavy, but the army was saved.
Although the Battle of Borodino can be seen as a victory for Napoleon, it is clear that the following events in this war were failure.
But the victory in this war was not without the rusian people. There were a lot of heroes. Their names are in our memories forever! Their names are:
General Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev Kutuzov.
Was a Field Marshal of the Russian Empire. Under Kutuzov’s command, the Russian Army stopped the Grande Army at the battle of Borodino, and then pushed the French out of the Russian homeland.
Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration.
He commanded the second army of the West. Bagration led the left wing at this Battle. During the Battle he was wounded but kept giving orders to the troops. It cost him his life.
Michael Bogdanovich Barclay de Tolly. He commanded of the first Army of the West. He proposed the famous strategy of drawing the enemy deep into the territory. At the Battle of Borodino he commanded the right flank.
There are a lot of Russian Generals and soldiers who are real heroes of the battle. They are Sergei Volkonsky, Alexander Ivanovich Kutasov, Fyodor Pavlovich Uvarov, Dmitry Vladimirovich Golitsyn, Nicolai Nikolaevich Raevsky, Hilarion Vasilevich Vasilchikov, Matvey Ivanovich Platov, Alexander Alekseevich Tuchkov, Dmitriy Sergeevich Dochturov and many others.
Let’s remember their names and keep in mind that there are too many weapons on our planet. They say the nuclear weapons that different countries have are enough to destroy all life on Earth ten times over. The progress in science and technology makes people invent even more destructive types of weapons and this vicious circle has to be broken.
History warns us about the future-because-as the saying goes-history repeats itself.
Let’s save the planet!