Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow

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This image provides a far more glowing than factual depiction. Napoleon’s troops retreat in the form of Hogarth’s serpentine line of beauty, and their colors pop against the stark snowy landscape. At this point in the Napoleonic Wars, as the above caricature reveals, the French forces were in dilapidated condition. These soldiers are amply equipped with blankets, supplies, and weapons, and the retreat is quite orderly.