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Saturday, September 12, 2009

USSR Rouble-II

1 Rouble: 175 years of battle of Borodino
ussr 1 rouble 175 years battle of borodinoThis is the Raevsky monument, erected in 1911 in memory of those who died in the battle of Borodino.

1 Rouble: 175 years of battle of Borodino
USSR 1 rouble 175 years battle of borodinoBoth these coins are commemoratives on the battle of Borodino. The battle of Borodino was a big battle between Russia and Napoleon.

The Battle of Borodino (Russian: Бородинская битва, Borodinskaya bitva; French: Bataille de la Moskowa), fought on September 7, 1812, was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the French invasion of Russia, involving more than 250,000 troops and resulting in at least 70,000 casualties. The French Grande Armée under Emperor Napoleon I attacked the Imperial Russian army of General Mikhail Kutuzov near the village of Borodino, west of the town of Mozhaysk, and eventually captured the main positions on the battlefield, but failed to destroy the Russian army. About a third of Napoleon's soldiers were killed or wounded; Russian losses, while heavier, could be replaced due to Russia's large population, since Napoleon's campaign took place on Russian soil.

The battle itself ended with the disorganized Russian Army out of position and ripe for complete defeat. The state of the French forces and the lack of recognition of the state of the Russian Army led Napoleon to remain on the battlefield with his army instead of the forced pursuit that had marked other campaigns that he had conducted in the past. The battle at Borodino was a pivotal point in the campaign, as it was the last offensive action fought by Napoleon in Russia. By withdrawing, the Russian army preserved its combat strength, eventually allowing them to force Napoleon out of the country.

Poet Mikhail Lermontov romanticized the battle in his poem Borodino. Apart from these two commemorative coins, the Raevsky monument shown above has also been erected in memory of the martyrs.

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