What does it mean for Russia the Day of Borodino
May our days together in the same field Dragoons and hussars, cuirassiers and artillery, lancers and grenadiers, and Russian and French army? To some it will seem fantastic. Well, someone will answer in the affirmative.
There is a meeting once a year on the first Sunday of September, when the feast day of the Day of Borodino and the reconstruction of battles of 1812. People dressed in military uniforms from the past, recreating the scene of the battle. Specifically has not been established, what number Day of Borodino to celebrate in Russia. Therefore, each year the date is different. What so remarkable about this day? Of course, the victory that I worked hard for our people.
Was hoping to take over the world
Napoleon approached the Russian border with his head held high. His army in amount of 600 thousand people have climbed all the European countries. But he plans to take on the world. Russia was the last sticking point. On 24 June, the army of Napoleon crossed the Neman. According to the plan of the commander she had quickly defeat the few Russian troops stationed near the border, and to open a path to Moscow. But Bonaparte, of course, could not foresee that the commander-in-chief, Kutuzov resolved on a decisive battle, despite the fact that his army will retreat.
Russian do not surrender
The terrain for the battle was not chosen by chance. Land near the village of Borodino was covered with ravines, streams and rivers. Kutuzov hoped to wear down the enemy, to deprive people of the forces, especially since the French army was small in number, though superior Russian artillery power. We had to stand to the end. Otherwise we would have had to open the road to Moscow.
During the battle, Russian suffered severe losses, even the French were amazed at their tenacity. After all, despite the power of the enemy, Kutuzov's army did not hand over their positions.
The tragedy of human lives
No wonder our country celebrates the Day of Borodino. After the victory came at a heavy price. Fell on the battlefield, 39 thousand soldiers, generals 29. The French suffered greater. Died, went missing or were wounded 59 thousand people, and 47 generals. Despite the irreparable losses suffered by his troops, Napoleon challenged the results of the battle and did not consider himself a loser.
But the facts speak for themselves. On this day the spirit of the troops was broken, and Bonaparte himself realized that he could not conquer the world. Kutuzov also admired the bravery and tenacity of his soldiers. The heroes of the battle of 1812 is known so far. It's Thick, Tuchkov, Rajewski, Bagration, Davydov, Barclay de Tolley.
How to celebrate now
Now a Day's Borodino is the feast not only in honor of the victory, but also as a reminder of what the price she got: how many victims there have been, as cruelly fought on the field of Russian and French. It was not just a battle, and the tragedy of many lives. On the Borodino field are going to participants of military-Patriotic clubs and other not indifferent to the history of their country people. They dressed in costumes of the era and show viewers how it all happened actually. When the Day of Borodino occurred in the two hundredth time, for a battle reenactment was attended by representatives of different countries, including Canada, USA, Europe. Nobody remained indifferent to the resilience and courage of soldiers in those years.
Every year, the Day of Borodino also note the reconstruction of the battle of two great armies. People who come to take part in it, make costumes, gear and weapons with their hands. Also in a battle involving horses sporting clubs who are not afraid of shots. The celebration begins with the laying of wreaths, and giving honor to the participants of the battle of 1812. At the end of the parade and the awarding of special honors. In addition to the participants of the reconstruction, on the Borodino field, and there are ordinary people who love their homeland, or is interested in the history of the era.
The day of Borodino is the feast of victory, steadfastness and fortitude. Sometimes in schools lessons of courage. It would be nice if one of them was dedicated to the battle of 1812, which took place at Borodino. It would be a good lesson of patriotism for younger generation.