|Figure gallery of Napoleonic figures from the Russian Empire used in FOGN games.|
The vast Russian Empire was an almost constant thorn in the side of Napoleon.
Defeated by the French at Austerlitz in 1805.
Battle of Friedland was a hard fought affair but the Russian position was poorly chosen, with their backs to a river.
Treaty of Tilsit. Napoleon met Czar Alexander on a raft in the middle of the Nieman river. Napoleon’s Continental System was instituted to damage Britain’s economy, but hurt Russia more.
Russia was known for its large 12-gun artillery batteries and dogged soldiers. They would take a lot of punishment and still not run away.
Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 was known by them as the Patriotic War of 1812. The harsh conditions caused huge casualties to both sides.
After pushing the French out of Russia, the Russians continued across Prussia and into France. They were joined by Prussia and then eventually Austria.