In Smolensk, found the remains of Napoleon's ally

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– Excavations lasted a long time. We were looking for the remains of General Gudin – he was mortally wounded in the Battle of Vatutin Mountain and, according to information from various sources both in Russia and in France, buried at the Royal Bastion, – said the Vice-President of the Russian-French Historical Initiatives Development Foundation .

Photo: Sergey Malgavko / TASS
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Cezanne Charles Etienne Gyuden de la Sablonnier graduated from the Brienne military school with Napoleon Bonaparte and made an enviable career by participating in most of the wars that France led in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He fought with Suvorov at Saint-Gothard, distinguished himself in the Prussian campaign, forced the surrender of the Kustrin fortress and in the fall of 1806, at the head of his division, he entered Warsaw. For his prowess at the battle of Wagram, where Guden was wounded four times, Napoleon appointed him governor of his palace of Fontainebleau.

During the Russian campaign, General Gudin fought in the corps of Marshal Ney. At the very beginning of the battle at Vatutina mountain, the general was mortally wounded: both legs were torn off by the Russian core. Guden was evacuated to Smolensk, where he died. The general was buried with all kinds of honors in the center of the Royal Bastion, separate from the other dead. "He would have already received the marshal's baton if it were possible to hand out these rods to all who deserved them," said Napoleon over the grave.

– The remains have no left leg and the right leg is damaged – Gudin received exactly the same injuries. With 100 percent certainty, we will be able to talk about the belonging of the remains after DNA examination. General Guden has a direct descendant, he has already agreed to come to Moscow, ”continued Mari Katasonova.

In 2011, the Smolensk authorities announced their intention to erect a monument to the general.


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