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Turning Point Title Napoleons Retreat from MoscowPlace and Date of Event June 22 1812 Napoleon and the Grande Arme invadeRussia December 18 1812 what is left of the Grande Arme make it back toNapoleon Emperor of France who lead the French Arme and its allies intoBarclay de Tolly Commanded 127000 Russian troops at the start of theMarshal Kutusov Russian commander who replaced Barclay in mid AugustPrince Bagration Commanded 43000 Russian troops during invasionWairy Louis Constant Napoleons valet who wrote down what he saw andDescription of the Event Napoleon took 500000 infantry 100000 cavalry and1400 field and siege guns for the troops on his invasion of Russia He went upagainst Barclays and Bagrations troops Napoleons strategy was to over powerthe Russians and drive them back as far as possible June 24 French crossNiemen River at Kovno and Grodna and push Barclay back Four days Frenchcapture Vilna and stayed there till July 16 Big mistake because this allowedRussians to unite forces at Smolenskby on August 1 Two weeks later Russiansattack Russians come away from battle in good shape but the French comeaway in awful condition Many troops are ill with different diseases and battlewounds Russians replace Barclay with Kutusov French keep trying to pushforward Another big mistake they should have waited for winter to clear andattacked in the spring Invade all the way to Moscow When they get thereRussians all ready burnt it to the ground so French have no shelter to stay inNapoleon stay at Moscow for 6 weeks Then the retreat begins The Frenchsoldiers getting sick of war and kind of turn into a big crowd of men Then theRussians attack them when they are so unorganized End of November Frenchable to reach Beresina River All bridges out because water high and ice wastaking them out French try and make bridges as fast as possible all the while theRussians are getting closer Crossing the bridges was a scene of panic TheFrench soldiers were told to
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