To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Borodino, a scale model of the combat will be exhibited at the London office of the Russian Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo (First floor, 37 High Street Kensington W8 5ED). The model, comprising over 1700 specially cast figures, was created by the British military history enthusiast Gerry West during 40 years of work and research.
The exhibition will also feature documents of Russian diplomatic correspondence from the 1812 Patriotic war.
The exhibition will be open on working days from 4 to 14 September from 10.00 to 17.00, and on 6 September there will be a solemn opening reception for all those interested at 18.30 (Facebook event). The entry will be free.
The battle of Borodino was fought on 7 September 1812 some 80 miles from Moscow between the invading Napoleonic and the defending Russian armies under the command of Emperor Napoleon and Field Marshal Kutuzov respectively, comprising 300000 men in total. One of the bloodiest battles in the world history, fought with great heroism, ended in the French tactical advance, while the Russians maintained the strength and morale of the army essential to defeat the invasion three months later. The battle was portrayed in the novel “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy and is regarded as one of the key moments of Russian and European history.
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