BY MIKE MAGEE
Two hundred and ten a long time ago, on September 7, 1812, a Putinesque commander, narrowly received a struggle, but misplaced a war and entered a downward cycle that ended his reign. The fight was the Struggle of Borodino, a city on the river Moskva, 70 miles west of Moscow. The commander was Napoleon.
The information are clear-reduce: Napoleon arrived with 130,000 troops, which includes his 20,000 Imperial Guards, and 500 guns. Opposing him were being 120,000 Russians with 600 guns. The fight engaged from 6 AM to Noon. The French took 30,000 casualties, while the Russians misplaced 45,000 men, but survived to struggle an additional day.
As Leo Tolstoy describes the scene of carnage on website page 818 of his epic novel, War and Peace, in 1867, “Several tens of thousands of men lay dead in several positions and uniforms in the fields and meadows where for hundreds of a long time peasants of the villages…had at the exact time gathered crops and pastured cattle. At the dressing stations, the grass and soil were soaked with blood above the house of 3 acres. Crowds of wounded and unwounded men of many models, with frightened faces, trudged on…Over the full industry, the moment so gaily stunning with its gleaming bayonets and puffs of smoke in the morning sun, there now hung the murk of dampness and smoke and the strangely acidic scent of saltpeter and blood. Tiny clouds gathered and started to sprinkle on the dead…”
But in the subsequent paragraphs, it gets obvious that Tolstoy’s intent and target is not to explain why and how Napoleon experienced won the Fight of Borodino, but alternatively how this was the commencing of the conclude of his military and the Napoleonic reign.
Tolstoy writes: “For the French, with the memory of the prior fifteen a long time of victories, with their self-assurance in Napoleon’s invincibility, with the consciousness that they experienced taken part of the battlefield, that they had dropped only a quarter of their males, and that they however had the intact twenty-thousand-gentleman guard, it would have been quick to make the work (to advance and annihilate the Russians)….But the French did not make that effort….It is not that Napoleon did not send in his guard since he did not want to, but that it could not be finished. All the generals, officers, and troopers of the French military realized that it could not be accomplished, since the army’s fallen spirits did not allow for it….(They were) suffering from the similar emotion of terror just before an enemy, which, possessing dropped fifty percent his military, stood as formidably at the finish as at the starting of the fight. The moral toughness of the attacking French was exhausted…(For the Russians, it was) a moral victory, the form that convinces the adversary of the ethical superiority of his enemy and of his very own impotence, that was received by the Russians at Borodino.”
The Russians not only retreated, but did not halt in Moscow, continuing a further 80 miles outside of their beloved metropolis. But as Tolstoy describes, “In the Russian army, as it retreats, the spirit of hostility towards the enemy flares up extra and far more as it falls again, it concentrates and increases.”
As for the French, they acquire Moscow but end there. Yet again from Tolstoy, “During the 5 weeks following that, there is not a single struggle. The French do not shift. Like a mortally wounded beast, which, getting rid of blood, licks its wounds, they continue being in Moscow for five weeks with out endeavor just about anything, and instantly, with no induce, flee back…without getting into a single severe battle…”
Putin’s growing older dreams of conquest likely are Napoleonic in scale. But as his hesitant forces notice the Borodino-like human carnage that they have unleashed on Mariupol, at the estuary of the Kalmius and Kalchik rivers, and prepare to enter Kyiv, the first japanese Slavic condition which, a Millennium in the past, acquired the title “Mother of Rus Cities”, their vulnerability and absence of “moral strength” is now obvious. Missing a rational stated target other than dominance, the young Russian conscripted troopers and their commanders must surely increase more concerned day by working day. They far too have turn out to be entrapped, and are “experiencing the same emotion of terror right before an enemy, which, possessing missing half his army, stood as formidably at the conclude as at the commencing of the struggle.”
As for Putin, like Napoleon, he may perhaps feel the winds of destiny blowing closely on his shoulders even now. Napoleon did make it back again to Paris. But three years immediately after the Struggle of Borodino and the 5-7 days profession of Moscow, he met his Waterloo on June 16, 1815, at the arms of the Duke of Wellington. He died in exile on the island of Helena on May 5, 1821. In his previous will, he wrote, “I want my ashes to rest on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of that French individuals which I have liked so significantly.”
Putin possible feels a similar enjoy for Mother Russia, but in the end the Russian people may choose not to return the affection.
Mike Magee, MD is a Medical Historian and Health Economist, and creator of “CodeBlue: Inside of the Medical Industrial Elaborate.“