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Battles at Borodino

Located in the Mozhaysky District of Russia’s Moscow Oblast, the village of Borodino is indelibly etched in Russian history as the location of two devastating battles. The historic Borodino battlefield is a protected area that has been preserved as a reminder of the two history-shaping conflicts that took place there, firstly between Russia and France in 1812, and later between Soviet and German military forces in 1941. Within the protected area is the State Borodino War and History Museum chronicling these conflicts in detail, while the former battlefield is scattered with memorials and monuments as reminders of specific events and influential figures relating to both wars.

In the museum is a comprehensive diorama of the battle, along with background information and artifacts, and visitors are advised to go through the museum first to get an overall idea of the conflicts, before taking a walk around the battlefield to look at the memorials. Located around 400 meters in the front of the museum building is the grave of Georgian infantry general, Prince Bagration, who lost his life in the battle and is considered to be a hero. Moving to the south, visitors will come across a collection of monuments marking the area where Bagration’s forces, referred to as the Second Army, were outnumbered by the French and virtually annihilated. It is alleged that the Russian commander of the First Army, Mikhail Kutuzov, chose to send Bagration and his forces to the south of the battlefield knowing that French forces there would outnumber them, while his army fought a lesser number of French soldiers to the north, thereby sacrificing the Second Army. In the end Napoleon won the battle, but at great cost human life as an estimated more than a third of both armies were destroyed. In September each year, the 1812 Battle of Borodino is re-enacted, drawing crowds of spectators from far and wide.

The conflict that took place in Borodino in 1941 between the Soviet forces and Germany formed part of the extended Battle of Moscow that started in October 1941 and continued to January 1942. The number of casualties, timeline and other aspects of the Battle of Moscow continue to be a matter of debate among historians, but visitors to the Borodino Museum will find stark reminders - such as the WWII mass graves - of the price humans pay in times of war.


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