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* SPECIAL EDITION FINE ART PRINT (published by Cranston Fine Arts of Scotland): PRINTED ON QUALITY PAPER STOCK. SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY ARTIST MARK CHURMS.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: French Army Sous-Lieutenant, Ferdinand de la Riboisiere of 1st Regiment of Carabiniers, moments before he received a mortal wound, in the charge of France's 2nd Reserve Cavalry Corps, against the Reavski Redoubt (also known to historians as The Great or Grande Redoubt). Despite his injury, he survived for several days after the battle and was presented with the cross of the Legion of Honor by Napoleon himself, only hours before his death.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION: WAR & PEACE Today it is two and a half months since France declared war on Russia. It is 5:30 in the morning at the Schivardino redoubt, recently captured from the Russian Army, between Borodino and the Moskowa. The Emperor arrives on horseback to direct operations. He knows that the battle will be difficult: the troops of Tsar Alexander are under the command of Generalissimo Kutusov, the loser at Austerlitz. The French Army stands ready; the two regiments of carabiniers have waited hours for this moment and each man listens to the proclamation which the Emperor addresses to them: ?Soldats, voila la bataille, que vous avez tant d?sir?e! D?sormais, la victoire d?pend de vous: elle nous est n?cessaire.?
At about 6:00 a.m. the mighty cannons of the two belligerents commence their firing. The battle which the French will call ?La Moskowa? and which the Russians will name as ?Borodino? has begun. For the whole of that morning Ney and Davout (the latter being wounded is replaced by Murat) lead the fight to seize Samionovskaya, during which Prince Eugene captures the position of Borodino. The brigade of carabiniers is composed of these two regiments led by Generals Chouard and Bouvier des Eclaz. Now we are at the strategically vital position of the Great Redoubt. The First Regiment of Carabiniers charges the heavy cavalry of the Russian Guard and succeeds in breaking the infantry, whilst the Second Regiment covers them from the rear. Colonel Blancard, at the head of the first squadron, does not hesitate to charge a Russian square to draw enemy fire from the First Regiment. But the Great Redoubt remains in Russian hands!
At 3 o?clock in the afternoon, the infantry of Prince Eugene and Murat?s cuirassiers and carabiniers hurl themselves once more against the Great Redoubt. One hour later the carabiniers are charging across the plateau against the Russian infantry and cavalry; the ferocity of the combat is revealed by the very costly losses suffered by both regiments. In this encounter Lieutenant Ferdinand de la Riboisi?re of the First Regiment is mortally wounded. The Great Redoubt finally falls in the late afternoon and the Russian Army is obliged to retreat. The sacrifice of these men has added considerable glory to their regiments and Marshall Ney will bear the title ?Prince de la Moskowa?. For the present, the soldiers are able to make camp; tomorrow they will have to return to the field of battle to count their dead. CUSTOMER QUOTES:
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LA MOSCOWA: The Battel of Borodino, Russia 1812, Napoleonic Wars History Masterpiece Giclee Canvas Reproduction by Mark Churms and Fine Art Print on quality paper stock published by Cranston Fine Arts available.