"I Cannot Write of This Day, For I Truly Do Not Know How I Got Through It." - Sargeant Burgoyne
A disaster in the snow -the story of Napoleon's Russian campaign.
It was to be Napoleon's Bonaparte's greatest adventure -an invasion of Russia with an army of more than 650,000 men, the largest the world had yet seen. The Emperor's irresistible progress into the vast Russian interior saw the Battle of Bordino -one of the bloodiest day's fighting in military history. But the Emperor would finally be defeated, not in battle, but by a combination of Russian guile and the savage winter snows.
'1812 -Napoleon's Road to Moscow' is a powerful record of one of history's greatest military disasters. Featuring dramatized reconstructions, stunning period imagery and the latest 3-D computer graphics, the program follows the dramatic course of events, including the Battle Of Bordino and the cruel 'Retreat From Moscow' which claimed over half a million lives. The program also draws extensively on spectacular scenes from the Oscar-winning Russian film "War and Peace."