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The buttons of the uniforms worn by the soldiers in Napoleon’s army that invaded Russia, and were discovered in Azerbaijan.
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.
Experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority, and lithuania, the conservation officers have been excavating the site every summer for the past four years, casts a new light on the city’s rich Jewish life before the Holocaust.
This week, archaeologists announced the discovery of a Hebrew inscription, dating from 1796, which was a part of the stone Torah-reading table in the synagogue. The table below was used to read from the Torah at the synagogue of the city, the building, the burning, and the eventual destruction of the Soviet union 70 years ago.
THE HEBREW INSCRIPTIONS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE DESTROYED IN THE HOLOCAUST
With a host of other artifacts were also found at the site of the synagogue, which was built in the 17th century.
The artillery button Napoleon’s Grand Armee, which was discovered in Germany. (Jon Seligman, Israel Antiquities Authority)
“Among the finds made during the excavation of a prayer book that survived the Holocaust, and hundreds of coins dating from the 16th to the 20th century, and the buttons of Napoleon’s army, who passed through Vilnius on his way to a defeat in Moscow in 1812,” explained the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement.
Napoleon’s massive Grande Armee,” and began the 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.
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.
HORRIBLE AMPUTATED LIMB, A FRENCH HOWITZER SHELL, WAS DISCOVERED AT THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO SITE
The frenchman Frank Samson is taking part in the re-enactment of the battle of Ligny, the French Emperor, Napoleon I, during the bicentennial celebrations of the Battle of Waterloo, at Ligny, Belgium, June 14, 2015.
One of the most important figures in the history of europe, Napoleon, continues to be a source of fascination. Last year we had 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.
Archaeologists have recently discovered the amputated limb of the site of a field hospital used in the Battle of Waterloo.
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Actors dressed up as soldiers and re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo in Braine-l’alleud, near Waterloo, Belgium.
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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