The Musée de l'Armée brings you this exhibition alongside the one devoted to "Napoleon and Europe".
In June 1812, around 700,000 men set off to conquer Russia under Napoleon's command. A few months later, only a few ten thousand men reached Vilnius, exhausted. Two-hundred years later, a mass grave full of these soldiers' remains was discovered. Between 2001 and 2003, archaeologists, historians and anthropologists mobilised to preserve and study the remains of one of the most dramatic events in European history.
The Musée de l'Armée presents the story of these excavations in the Perpignan corridor between 27 March and 14 July 2013.
Photo credit: © UMR 7268-Anthropologie bio-culturelle, Droit, Éthique et Santé (ADÉS), Université d'Aix-Marseille-EFS-CNRS