"1812" is dedicated to one of the most remarkable and dramatic periods in history – the Napoleonic Wars from 1803 to 1815. They were a continuation of the wars originally sparked off by the French Revolution of 1789 and threw Europe's armies into mobilization on an unprecedented scale. August 26, 1812 on the 124-km west of Moscow, in a field near the village of Borodino, two great armies fought final preparations for one of the bloodiest battles of the era. A quarter of a million people, more than a thousand guns. Here Borodino decided the fate of the entire campaign, the fate of Moscow, the fate of the whole of Russia.
They swept across Europe like no army since the Roman Legion. Brandishing powerful new weapons and commanded by one of history's greatest generals, they altered the course of history. During the late 18th century, Napoleon set out to conquer the world and made a pretty good start of it. Leading the way were his royal legions, the foot soldiers, who swiftly conquered all that stood before them. Through contemporary accounts, period artwork, the latest scholarship and extensive re- enactments, THE NAPOLEONIC SOLDIER presents a detailed picture of what life was like in Napoleon's armies. Follow the soldiers on their epic campaigns, including the disastrous attempt to capture Moscow, which saw the army reduced to a miniscule fraction of its former strength and opened the door to Napoleon's downfall. From Austerlitz to Waterloo, this is a revealing look at the ordinary men who made up one of history's most fabled armies.