>>577129 >And how people say that the German fuel froze in the Russian winter. But for some reason the Russian tank fuel magically was immune. If I recall correctly the germans used gasoline while the russians used diesel, so that might be a cause.
>>577129 la grande armée won literally every single engagement in russian soil - and even after being in tatters and retreating back to france, the russian "army" wasn't ever able to attack them and destroy them once and for all... the only thing there were good at was at attacking the stragglers and ambushing the french every now and then with light cavalry and the cossacks madmen
so yeah, the russian army was always one of the worst army in the world - only comparable to the turkish/ottoman and the iraqi army.
>>577129 >>577590 To be fair, the biggest enemy of the Grande Armee was neither the cold nor the Russian army It was starvation. The Russian army may have been shit in battle, but they sure as hell were good at destoying their own cities, thus denying the French any food
After defeating Napoleon, Wellington seduced not one but two of the Emperor’s former girlfriends. He also made friends with Bonaparte's sister, bought her a house and hung a saucy picture of her on his bedroom wall.
The two mistresses were Josephina Grassini, a beautiful opera singer, and Josephine Weimer, an actress, both of whom had been Napoleon’s mistresses several years before Waterloo. He treated the latter very well, once pushing forty thousand francs down her cleavage (as historian Andrew Roberts points out, 'presumably in notes'). Weimer compared the Iron Duke and the Petit Corporal in bed, saying that 'Monsieur le Duc etait de beaucoup plus fort' ('The duke was much the stronger').
Seducing Napoleon's lovers was all part of a victory campaign by Wellington – he even hired Napoleon's cook, despite the fact that according to contemporaries he could scarcely tell rancid butter from fresh. After the wars ended, Wellington was presented with Napoleon's sword, three paintings of Napoleon, and the aforementioned painting of his sister, Pauline Borghese, showing her nipples clearly.
In perhaps the ultimate humiliation, Napoleon had commissioned an eleven-foot statue of himself as Mars, the god of war, naked except for a figleaf and a cloak. In 1816 the British government bought it and presented it to Wellington, who put it at the bottom of his stairs in Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner in London. It stands there to this day.
>>577984 How is any of this humiliation? Have you ever been to Apsley House? The whole place is wallpapered in portraits of Napoleon. Wellington put a fucking giant naked statue of Napoleon right in the middle of his home. He obviously had a severe homoerotic obsession with Napoleon and wanted to be him.
>>577818 i never said it was the cold itself - it was the winter, cold was just one of the elements. don't forget russia had a meagre economy and pretty much during every winter they had mass famines... needless to say that razing and plundering your own towns will only aggravate this factor, specially for non-native troops.
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