How did Napoleon lose in Russia? | Animated History

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"Moscow 1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March" by Adam Zamoyski
"Napoleon" by Paul Johnson
"Napoleon: A Life" by Andrew Roberts
Adams, Michael. Napoleon and Russia. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2014.
Conner, Susan P. Age of Napoleon. Jaico Publishing, 2010.
Pfuel, Ernst von. Retreat of the French Army from Russia; Being a Most Interesting Detail of the Important Events and Dreadful Sufferings of the Allied Forces, Commanded by Bonaparte, during Their Retreat from Moscow. Printed by Gedge and Barker, 1813.
Riehn, Richard K., and Richard K. Riehn. 1812: Napoleon's Russian Campaign. McGraw-Hill, 1990.
1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven
Twenty six variations on La Folia de Spagna, London Mozart Players
Matthias Bamert, conductor



  • It's not 'hate' of the French, it's about Napoleon - just look at this (multiple files can be found of this disastrous journey) Remember in THAT time HALF a million men would today mean tens of millions. Most of the dead were not even French, but bullied in his 'Grande Armée'. Even the Vilnius 'reserve didn't fare well

    Jan VerbovenJan Verboven28 gün önce
  • Da Grand Armee!

    Anthony EndackAnthony Endack29 gün önce
  • The scale of the armies commanded outgrew Bonaparte's top-down centralized command and control systems. What worked for Bonaparte in Austerlitz and Jena campaign didn't work on the scale of the armies involved in Russia and over the scale of physical space in the geography of Russia.

    SN 1848SN 1848Aylar önce
  • Kutuzov himself are surprised that he had TWO eyes. Really , he lost his right eye year before the Invasion. Ps, I like this video but it is too short

    Никита КоротковНикита КоротковAylar önce
  • He fought not only with russians. Russian Knyaz asked Kazakh Kings to help them. On the frontline were Kazakh Turkish Kyrgyz people.

    Alisher ApbozAlisher ApbozAylar önce
  • I'll save you a lot of time, how does anyone ever loose in russia? "The weather".

    Jeremy HillJeremy HillAylar önce
  • And the French don't learn fast, it took them FIVE REPUBLICS it took to get France (more or less) stable. Can you trust a country like that ?

    Jan VerbovenJan VerbovenAylar önce
  • The fault of Napoleon or the systemic problem to keep an empire as Roman one. Regards.

    Pierre LucasPierre LucasAylar önce
  • General Kutuzov, who commanded Russian Army was 70 year old at the time. He hardly was concerned with building fortifications, he ordered the holy icon of Mother of God to be paraded before army at Borodino. It seems to work.

    wrudnwrudnAylar önce
  • ....

    Jimmy Nguyen VoJimmy Nguyen VoAylar önce
  • Kutuzov also studied the American Revolutionary War, which served him well. His strategy, like Washington’s, was to wear down the opponent.

    Clayton BenignusClayton BenignusAylar önce
  • XIX russians: Finding a way to repel and defeat the invasion of army that is superior in numbers leadership and technology by using smart manuvers, knowlege of land and analysis of enemy tactics. XXI europeans: Lol, winter won!

    VarVarithVarVarithAylar önce
  • Did he lose?

    andre 257andre 257Aylar önce
  • Hitler:*lol will never happen with me* 3 sec later...(you know the rest)

    Prabha ShuklaPrabha ShuklaAylar önce
  • Hitler: Hold my beer

    Flo CoresiFlo Coresi2 aylar önce
    • Htiler after battle of Stalingrad : yo, chills comrade Red Army : no

      Sgt. VerdianSgt. VerdianAylar önce
  • It was thier weather who protect them twice, from the freñch and germans/austrian

    Angie AligoAngie Aligo2 aylar önce
  • British loses to American Farmers French loses to Russian Farmers America loses to Vietnamese Farmers

    LawlzillaLawlzilla2 aylar önce
  • Logistics. Russia is huge and not passive.

    Peter MagroPeter Magro2 aylar önce
  • What a waste of soldiers

    dejan kovačdejan kovač2 aylar önce
  • Excellent 🇷🇺👍

    Ardiansyah FirdausArdiansyah Firdaus2 aylar önce
  • same fate as hitler

    Nitesh AgrawalNitesh Agrawal3 aylar önce
  • More men were lost on the advance than the retreat. It didn't ever enter Napoleon's mind that a people would sacrifice such an iconic city - would the French ever think of sacrificing Paris ? Better hit the books again armchair general.

    Richard GrosvenorRichard Grosvenor3 aylar önce
  • P.S. Suvorov in Italy in 4 months defeated the best generals of Napoleon and liberated all of Italy. While it took Napoleon himself 10 months for this. The same students of Suvorov beat Napoleon himself and Napoleon's students, and if it were not for the freaks of the Austrians, then we would have taken Paris even when Napoleon was in egypt

    РумпельштильцхинРумпельштильцхин3 aylar önce
  • as we say, there is enough land for everyone 2.5 meters for everyone for a grave

    РумпельштильцхинРумпельштильцхин3 aylar önce
  • Thank you for video sir 💐💐💐👏👏👏

    Prakash GhumaliyaPrakash Ghumaliya3 aylar önce
  • looks like France tried to be Germany and attacks mother Russia in the snow

    Zen SeiZen Sei3 aylar önce
  • what i still don't get no one actually say if Napoleon went to Spain with half the grand army he we wound probably would have defeat Wellington and ended the war there and save all those men in stead he forgot about Spain allowed Wellington to crush the French at Salamanca July 1812 which ended any chance of the French holding on to Spain therefore giving the rest of Europe hope in defeating Napoleon

    Daniella StuartDaniella Stuart3 aylar önce
  • he did not lose military he lose because he refuse to understand what it takes to fight in Russia it was the luck of supplies and the Hush winter the blind believe in French superiority by the way the scorched earth policy was also used in Portugal in 1810/11 by Wellington too defeat the French there .

    Daniella StuartDaniella Stuart3 aylar önce
  • Let me guess it was winter hahahaha

    Taoru IzukuTaoru Izuku3 aylar önce
  • Ah the winter myth ...

    azerty888 azerty888azerty888 azerty8884 aylar önce
  • Naploean never "had" Russia to lose

    GhostRaiterGhostRaiter4 aylar önce
  • Engage-Lose-Retreat-Leave nothing behind-Repeat Was this a Russian “strategy” or an accident later adopted as a strategy? I’m having a hard time granting any credit to the Russian leadership who seemed to have lost against the French in each and every encounter until Napoleon was well on his way out. If anything, I’m more in awe by Napoleon’s capacity to vanquish the enemy in their own hostile territory while the Russians “conciously” resort to the economy and the weather. The fact Napoleon waited so long for their surrender at Moscow gives the impression the Czar was simply afraid to confront the Emperor; not that the Russians were supposedly brave at the time for refusing to give up. Think about it: if the Russian camp was the one asked to surrender, it wasn’t out of audacity from the Emperor, but because they were in constant retreat out of a failure to stop the French advance.

    chevalierdel'occidentchevalierdel'occident4 aylar önce
  • simple. he was too short

    おっぱいおっぱい4 aylar önce
    • How come 5'7 too short for you? Especially in the 19th Century Men 5'7 isn't that Short its just British propaganda that fools history

      Kevin0_1825Kevin0_18253 aylar önce
  • Tin defeated him. The tin disintegrated and he died. Cold winter

    Rina PrincessRina Princess4 aylar önce
  • General Winter

    Hun LarHun Lar4 aylar önce
  • If the leader of Russia was Stalin during this time. He would of force his troops to deal with napoleon. Oh god, imagine the bloodshed.

    IvanTheHigh ManIvanTheHigh Man4 aylar önce
  • Because you can’t beat Russia

    Comrade Russian robot ッComrade Russian robot ッ4 aylar önce
  • Napoleon *i lose tuo ae snouw????* Hitler : *Observe*

    Hikaru SkinsHikaru Skins4 aylar önce
  • The British should have just traded with the US

    Mr MooMoMr MooMo4 aylar önce
  • *W I N T E R*

    Miscellaneous ManMiscellaneous Man5 aylar önce
  • Quite similar to Iran and Us

    Artchi vankowArtchi vankow5 aylar önce
  • The winter help russia for all invaders

    Wehrmacht nazi deutschlandWehrmacht nazi deutschland5 aylar önce
  • In their retreat the French actually won a battle Berezina, it saved the Army from total destruction, but Napoleon's military machine was already so damaged that it could not recover.

    John BaroneJohn Barone5 aylar önce
  • Hitler is a bad student of History

    Live with a PurposeLive with a Purpose5 aylar önce
  • Excellent

    DualityDuality5 aylar önce
  • The thing is years later in St. Helena Napoleon would write about how his biggest mistake was to betray Spain and how that cost him the war, no mention about Russia, this is why Hitler invaded Russia but refused to enter Spain when it was proposed to him

    Reccared Hispaniarum RexReccared Hispaniarum Rex5 aylar önce
    • Spanish ulcer ruined him and bleed him And in Spain it was Asturias , which initiated war against Nepolean

      Live with a PurposeLive with a Purpose5 aylar önce
  • Kutuzov also studied George Washington, which taught him the Logistics he needed to beat Napoleon by denying him victories. The King’s Mountain ambush in the Revolutionary War, the picking off of isolated stragglers, was oft repeated in the Napoleonic Russian Retreat.

    Clayton BenignusClayton Benignus5 aylar önce
  • What if he just invaded Denmark and blockaded that sea?

    SuperMidgetSuperMidget5 aylar önce
  • Short answer: *_WINTER_* _Long answer:_

    Ace G.Ace G.5 aylar önce
  • Come to my channel for having the power to be happy always

    Ayush's suggestions and observationsAyush's suggestions and observations6 aylar önce
  • Короче Наполеона разъебала зима. Не тактика русского командования, не солдаты, не партизаны. Просто Наполеон пришел в Россию, нихуя не происходило, наступила зима и Наполеон проиграл.

    Impersonal66Impersonal666 aylar önce
  • The Red Army also tried to make a stand at Buradino against the Krauts. They too failed, not that it did the Wehrmacht any good.

    Rambling RecruiterRambling Recruiter6 aylar önce
  • The 1812 map is wrong - Tyrol was not part of Austria but of Bavaria. And Salzburg had up to that point never been part of Austria.

    Rene SzeywerthRene Szeywerth6 aylar önce
  • 😭

    VINCENTVINCENT6 aylar önce
  • Napoleon's armies were defeated before the onset of winter due to bad logistics on his part, the scorched earth policy, small victories and the determination to fight on of the Russians. Winter only further weakened his already retreating troops. The same could be said of the Wehrmacht in WWII, bogged down in Moscow and having their ass handed to them in Leningrad, both sides fighting in the same wintry conditions. Russia's harsh winter was equally detrimental to all sides in both conflicts Yet Russia persisted where their enemies failed. And still the know-nothings will insist that winter alone won the wars for Russia.

    ndogg20ndogg206 aylar önce
  • I only realized the history of Czarist Russia and the Cossacks because of Fargo Season Three. That sparked my interest. Yet one more reason to watch Fargo folks.

    jason m.jason m.7 aylar önce
  • He lost by going into Russia.

    Clay NailsClay Nails7 aylar önce
  • Level 5 Resume: Long line of supplies and scorched earth policy.

    FrancoFranco7 aylar önce
  • The burning of Moscow remains me of what might have happened if the U.S. invaded Japan. It would be very costly to both sides.

    Gregg WeberGregg Weber7 aylar önce
  • Because of winter.

    Ein SpatzEin Spatz7 aylar önce
  • The mangolians laughing at the french

    Dave CurnvDave Curnv8 aylar önce
  • So many say that Napoleon's greatest mistake was to attack Russia. I say it was the Continental System. Cause... Nº1: France fought many wars in recent years, civil and international, all these conflicts were slowly exausting France's economy, turned increasingly towards militarism. There was, therefore, no way that France could offer the products needed for all involved in the blockade to cover them. Nº2: The Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Britain was interacting economically with all of these continents. In case of losing market in Europe, Britain only needed to appeal to other markets to keep it's economy going on. France however, due to the outstanding results of the British Navy during the ending of the XVIII century and beginning of the XIX (Lord Nelson, Sir Sidney Smith, and others), had lost almost it's entire Navy and was in trouble when it came about the Mediterranean. Nº3: As result of Nº1 and 2, noticing the British thriving, any other nation would start to reject Napoleon, because this blockade becomes pointless. And since he promissed retaliation, it meant he would eventually be overstreched in dealing with new conflicts, just like what was going on in Spain during the year of 1812. The typhus and the scorched earth strategy the French encountered in Russia were important for Napoleon's failure, but they mostly accelerated what was already innevitable. This is why I believe that Napoleon's greatest mistake was this System.

    Crossetler _Crossetler _8 aylar önce
  • It is crazy the similarities between this conflict and the Eastern front in WW2

    SolublemothSolublemoth8 aylar önce
  • There was only one army who successfully conquered Russia & Moscow. The Polish Army with Winged Hussars. Russia was too big for longer occupation though.

    woolfyxwoolfyx8 aylar önce
  • I swear you hate the French, haven’t seen a positive video about them yet 😂

    Kellen HarveyKellen Harvey8 aylar önce
    • @Thib Skywalker Which what they got, historically.

      Jan VerbovenJan Verboven28 gün önce
    • @Thib Skywalker I don't want to talk to you anymore, since half a million deaths don't mean anything to you. (and that's proven history)

      Jan VerbovenJan VerbovenAylar önce
    • ​@QBgarden It's not about the French, it's about their stupid history - behead a king 'Louis Capet' and accept an Emperor (Napoleon) a few years later. FIVE REPUBLICS it took to get France (more or less) stable.

      Jan VerbovenJan VerbovenAylar önce
    • @QBgarden nice one😂😂

      NuclearDanceMovesNuclearDanceMoves2 aylar önce
    • Yes! I noticed they dont like Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan either. These racists never paint any of them in anything but a negarive light and frankly its almost sickening.

      QBgardenQBgarden5 aylar önce
  • He lost was going to happen one way or another. Russia is too harsh in climate to get supplies by foraging. By not having supply lines he doomed himself and his army.

    Stunner 900Stunner 9008 aylar önce
  • Vive l'Empereur !

    J'aime mon PaysJ'aime mon Pays8 aylar önce
  • many armies did lose to russian winter

    Kuq e ZIKuq e ZI8 aylar önce
  • The final ads aren't any good!

    LogarantLogarant8 aylar önce
  • Napoleon should have increased spending for his navy after Trafalgar and challenged the Royal Navy again. And kept it up until if was defeated. Because only with a real navy could Napoleon hurt British trade and for them to the peace table. Nice job guy.

    Broken BridgeBroken Bridge8 aylar önce
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