“Don’t invade Russia in the winter.”
Referring to Napoleon’s 1812 invasion and Hitler’s 1941 invasion, this statement is one of the most common myths in modern military history. In the wake of the barbaric French Revolution which overthrew the long-lasting Bourbon dynasty, the Little Giant, standing at a modest 5’ 6’’, rose to power and was on a mission to conquer the entirety of Europe. He quickly amassed an army and sought to exact revenge on European powers which had taken advantage of the weak, pre-revolution France. The seemingly unstoppable force of the La Grande Armée was the greatest army in the world at the time - or so was thought. Tsar Alexander I, successor of Paul I in the Romanov Dynasty, attempted to prevent a possibly fatal invasion by Napoleon through several treaties, including the Tilsit treaty. As tensions rose and Napoleon violated the Tilsit treaty by annexing the Duchy Oldenburg, Napoleon made the fatal decision on June 24, 1812 to cross the Nieman River - triggering the war between the Russian and French empires. Facing the growing shadow of the Little Giant, Tsar Alexander I must defend his Empire at all costs. No sacrifice is too great for the honorable Tsar to make, as the survival of the Tsar himself, his family, and their empire is at stake.