On This Day in Napoleonic History – 25 July 1812

25Battle of Ostrovno

A skirmish at Ostrovno took place at the beginning of Napoleon’s Russian campaign between French forces under the command of King of Naples Joachim Murat and Russian forces under General Ostermann-Tolstoy. The military engagement ended with the Russian forces retreating from the battlefield.

As always, Napoleon widely exaggerated the numbers in his bulletin, claiming that the Russians had suffered 7,000 casualties against the true figure of 2,200 and that Murat fought against 15,000 cavalry and 60,000 infantry when in reality he only faced 14,000.

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