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French, Russian foes from Napoleonic war ceremonially buried together 200 years later

The stays of over 100 French and Russian troopers who died on the battlefield almost 200 years in the past got a ceremonial burial Saturday outdoors of Moscow.

The our bodies included 120 troopers who fought the 1812 Battle of Vyazma, whereby Russian Empire forces defeated Napoleon’s retreating military after the failed invasion of Moscow in November 1812. There have been additionally three ladies, believed to have offered meals and first support for the troops, and three teenage boys, believed to be drummers, AFP reported. 

When the our bodies had been discovered throughout a development venture in 2019, archeologists initially thought the mass grave was from World War II, however researchers decided it was a lot older. Alexander Khokhlov, head of the archaeological expedition, stated that the invention of metallic uniform buttons helped set up the French Military regiments that a number of the victims served in.

Military attache of the French embassy in Moscow Brigadier General Ivan Martin (R) 
carries a box containing remains of Russian and French soldiers who died during Napoleon's 1812 retreat, in a small church in the monastery of John the Precursor in the town of  Viazma, on February 8, 2021.
Navy attache of the French Embassy in Moscow Brig. Gen. Ivan Martin, proper, carries a field containing stays of Russian and French troopers who died throughout Napoleon’s 1812 retreat.
AFP by way of Getty Photographs

The burial ceremony was attended by officers from each nations and direct descendants of the battle’s leaders, Yulia Khitrovo, a descendant of Russian subject marshal Mikhail Kutuzov and Prince Joachim Murat, a descendant of one in all Napoleon’s most celebrated marshals had been available. “Demise made them equal: they’re multi function grave now,” Khitrovo stated.

The occasion was seen as a second of unity between France and Russia, which have been at odds over Russia’s crackdown on political protest and different points.

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