We cannot absolutely prove, that those are in error who tell us that society has reached a turning point, that we have seen our best days. But so said all who came before us, and with just as much apparent reason
Thomas B Macaulay
Friday, June 24, 2011
On this day in 1812, Napoleon crossed the Neimen and invaded Russia with 480,000 troops. Things went well for the French, until winter. The retreat was a horror and by the time Napoleon returned to the Neimen in early December, he had less than 25,000 troops left. At least 300,000 died of cold, hunger or battle (the difference being mainly deserters).