Archaeologists uncover secrets of Napoleon's soldiers buried in Vilnius

Archaeologists are convinced that at least 3,269 soldiers of Napoleon's army perished in Vilnius from starvation, Forbes reports.
French soldiers retreat after the failed Russian Campaign
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The size of Napoleon's army during the Russian Campaign as estimated by Charles Minard in 1869. Image Wikimedia Commons
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