Borodino, Battle AD 1812

Day of Borodino, AD 1812
Borodino village (Moscow region)

The Event

The Battle of Borodino was fought on September 7, 1812, during the French invasion of Russia which was a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. French Grande Armée under Emperor Napoleon I attacked the Imperial Russian Army of General Mikhail Kutuzov near the village of Borodino, 13 km west of the town of Mozhaysk in Moscow region. The French troops eventually captured the main positions on the battlefield, but failed to destroy the Russian army despite heavy losses.

Every year on the first Sunday of September the anniversary of the Battle of Borodino is widely celebrated, gathering more than thousand members of historical reenactment groups from Russia and abroad at Borodino field. Infantry, grenadiers, artillery, uhlans, hussars, cuirassiers and dragoons of Russian and Napoleon's armies of 1812 set up their encampments. The highlight of the celebration is the historical reenactment of episodes from the Battle of Borodino. The event includes also parade of the troops and rewarding the ones who distinguished themselves during the Battle.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve
Address: Borodinskoye Pole (Borodino Field), Borodino village, Mozhaisky district, Moscow region, Russia
Tel.: +7 4963851024 | Fax: +7 4963851024

Images: © State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve, photocollage © Historia Vivens Web
Text sources: State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve


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