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Archaeologists have recently been in Russia, it was discovered that there was a one-legged skeleton that was buried under a dance floor, which can be solved by a 207-year-old mystery about the final resting place of Napoleon’s favorite general.
The skeleton is believed to belong to French general Charles-Etienne Gudin de la Sablonniere, who was struck by a cannonball during Napoleon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812.
Gudin was seriously wounded at the Battle of Valutino, in the neighborhood of Smolensk, on Aug. 19, 1812, according to the AFP, and France 24. The presence of the 44-year-old general was removed, but his wound became gangrenous and he died three days later.
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The remains were discovered in the last month or so, Reuters reports, noting that they were found in an open-air dance floor in Smolensk in a park. At a news conference Thursday, investigators said the remains would be repatriated and DNA tests carried out on them in a French laboratory.
A picture taken on July 7, 2019, shows the alleged remains of the French General Charles-Etienne Gudin de la Sablonniere, in Smolensk, Russia.
The historian Pierre Malinowski has led the French and Russian archaeologists in the search for the captain, an effort that is reportedly supported by the Kremlin. Malinowski was convinced that the skeleton belongs to General Gudin.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Malinowski described the discovery as an important event for France and Russia.
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A classmate of Napoleon’s military school, Gudin has been described as a favourite general of the Emperor of france.
Archaeologists working on the 7 of July, 2019, on the site of the supposed grave of the French General Charles-Etienne Gudin de la Sablonniere.
After his death, the French armies cut in Gudin’s heart out of his body, and brought it back to France, and it is placed in a chapel in Paris, the famous cemetery of Père Lachaise, according to the Napoleon monument.eu. The generic name is also inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe.
Napoleon’s massive Grande Armée began its invasion of Russia on 24 June 1812. The estimates of the army’s size from 450,000 to 650,000 troops, according to the History.com. The campaign quickly degenerated into a military disaster as a retreat of Russian forces, in the service of a “scorched earth” tactics, which have been refused food and shelter to the invading army.
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When Napoleon reached Moscow in September, but the city, like others in its path, it was already on fire and the French army was forced to retreat as winter approached. Plagued by conflict, poverty, hunger, disease, and the ravages of the Russian winter, only 100,000 soldiers in the army of Napoleon, on leaving Russia in December of 1812.
The death of General Gudin, at the Battle of Valutino. Found in the collection of the Russian state library in Moscow. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
The buttons of the uniforms worn by the soldiers in Napoleon’s army, were recently discovered in Lithuania.
The discoveries were made during excavations on the site of the Great Synagogue in Vilna (Vilnius), which was destroyed during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania in world War ii.
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One of the most important figures in the history of europe, Napoleon, continues to be a source of fascination. Last year, it is a very rare bicorne, or two-pointed hat, which was worn by the French leader at the Battle of Waterloo has been sold at an auction in France for $325,000.
In addition, archaeologists have recently discovered the amputated limb of the site of a field hospital used to be in Waterloo.
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In a separate project, the first full Battle of Waterloo, the skeleton has been identified in 2015 as a German soldier.
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