If you happen to be in Moscow in early September, then you have a chance to see one of the most famous reenactments in the world – the Battle of Borodino.
The War of 1812, when Napoleon lost in Russia all of his Grand Army, was particularly memorable because of the decisive Battle of Borodino. Napoleon’s intentions to defeat the Russian army led by Kutuzov in a single battle were not rewarded by success. Russians prevailed, demonstrating miracles of bravery and military skills.
The Memory of the War of 1812
In memory of the Battle of Borodino and the defenders of Russia, the Borodino Museum of History was established. On the museum premises on a weekend in the beginning of September a reenactment of the Battle of Borodino takes place.
What Happens in Borodino
About two thousand people wearing the uniforms of Russian and French armies of 1812 recreate the main events of the Battle of Borodino. Horses, guns, pyrotechnics immerse viewers in the atmosphere of the battle of the beginning of the 19th century.
Reenactors meticulously recreate all the details of that time. Starting with the color, shape and material of the uniforms to the stitches on clothes; from the details on uniforms, weapons, equipment, to musical instruments. Also the music, language, customs and military techniques, as well as a thorough reconstruction of the scenario of the Battle of Borodino. And, of course, the “French” army speaks French.
To get in the ‘role’ the re-enactors arrive to Borodino several days in advance and set a field camp: maintain the military order of that time, establish and carry out guards, get used to bivouac life. For this time they completely give up any modern things and habits.
A carefully recreated military action immerses viewers in an atmosphere of the Battle of Borodino.
How to Get to the Village of Borodino
You can get to Borodino by car from Moscow or by train from the Belorussky railway station (train stop “Borodino”). If you arrive in advance, you can get a spot closer to the battle. The action begins at 2pm. Admission is free.
We wish you pleasant viewing of this epic reenactment!
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