Napoleon’s Russian Campaign – 3 – the retreat

After victory at Borodino, Napoleon expected a glorious arrival in Moscow and a swift end to his Russian Campaign. However, the Russians were not about to make peace, forcing the Emperor into an ill-planned retreat. Despite the amazing feat at the Berezina, the increasingly precarious position of Napoleon in Europe forced him to leave the remains of his army and embark on the incredible 2,500km journey back to Paris to reassert his position in the face of terrible defeat.