- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
I voted for Russia because I believe the 1812 campaign was the event that shattered the perception that Napoleon was unstoppable. It was the first campaign in which Napoleon was personally decisively defeated (I know, Egypt but Napoleon left before the final collapse and became Consul). Sure, his army suffered setbacks in Spain, but when Napoleon led the army, he crushed the Spanish. Trafalgar was a devastating blow, but once again it was not Napoleon who was personally defeated and he would later crush the Coalition at Austerlitz, Aspern-Essling was overshadowed by Wagram etc. So most of his previous setbacks were somewhat overshadowed by successes. There was no such thing with the Russian campaign. Napoleon went there, Napoleon led the campaign and Napoleon was crushed.