Napoleon's Downfall: Invasion of Russia 1812 (Full Documentary)

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0:00 Why Napoleon Invaded Russia
14:50 The Grand Army of 1812
26:30 Napoleon's First Defeat in Russia
38:36 The Siege of Riga
49:31 The Race to Smolensk
1:00:15 The Battle of Smolensk
1:10:26 The Battle of Lubino
1:20:11 The Partisan War Begins
1:30:21 The Battle of Shevardino Redoubt
1:40:11 The Battle of Borodino
1:53:02 Napoleon Takes Moscow
2:04:09 Napoleon's Campaign Collapses
2:26:48 Napoleon's Retreat From Moscow
John Ozment, James Darcangelo, Jacob Carter Landt, Thomas Brendan, Kurt Gillies, Scott Deederly, John Belland, Adam Smith, Taylor Allen, Rustem Sharipov, Christoph Wolf, Simen Røste, Marcus Bondura, Ramon Rijkhoek, Theodore Patrick Shannon, Philip Schoffman, Avi Woolf, Emile Bouffard, William Kincade, Daniel L Garza, Stefan Weiß, Matt Barnes, Chris Daley, Marco Kuhnert, Simdoom
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Presented by: Jesse Alexander
Written by: Jesse Alexander
Director: Toni Steller & Florian Wittig
Director of Photography: Toni Steller
Sound: Above Zero
Editing: Toni Steller
Motion Design: Toni Steller
Mixing, Mastering & Sound Design:
Digital Maps: Canadian Research and Mapping Association (CRMA)
Research by: Jesse Alexander
Fact checking: Florian Wittig
Channel Design: Simon Buckmaster
Contains licensed material by getty images
Maps: MapTiler/OpenStreetMap Contributors & GEOlayers3
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  • Real Time History
    Real Time HistoryАй бұрын

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  • Daniel Howell

    Daniel Howell

    14 күн бұрын


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    Ай бұрын


  • Michael Seltz
    Michael Seltz8 ай бұрын

    Great production in every respect. Music, art, the actual words of those engaged, great battle maps and graphics. Very easy to understand, and an honest, unbiased history that’s by the numbers. Thank you!

  • Mohammed Isaa

    Mohammed Isaa

    4 күн бұрын

    @Baltu Lielkungs Gunārs Miezis You actually butchered the word "wherent" pritty baddly, it dosent exhist as a word, im guessing you were trying to say "were not", i think if you would have used an apostrophy like this... wher'nt ..... it might have looked more believeable.... Amazing guy, critises others for "butcherey" when he is a master butcher himself 😂😂😂😂😂 Go for it baltu !....

  • Baltu Lielkungs Gunārs Miezis

    Baltu Lielkungs Gunārs Miezis

    Ай бұрын

    @Jesse Alexander German has many variations so I dont pay too much attention to that. I write this comment observing how you atempt to say slavic words.

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    Ай бұрын

    @Baltu Lielkungs Gunārs Miezis If you mean German, I speak it fluently. For anything else, you are probably right.

  • MikeFraser


    2 ай бұрын

    ​@A Reader I meant "familiar"

  • RooZ
    RooZ9 ай бұрын

    I can never get enough of this mans exploits and campaigns, this channel is criminally underrated! Thanks so much for making this series and it's nice to hear the French or Russian translations of some of the quotes, brings a whole other dimension to hearing them.

  • Red-baitingSwine


    4 күн бұрын

    @Mohammed Isaa When you say "semantics", what does that mean to you, in your mind, exactly?

  • Red-baitingSwine


    4 күн бұрын

    @Mohammed Isaa Do you know what "apparently" means?

  • Mohammed Isaa

    Mohammed Isaa

    4 күн бұрын

    @Red-baitingSwine I would say that "Grammer" is very significant, because it defines the way that we communicate, the kind of person we proport to be, is shown in our Grammer, and consequently we are assesed as to wether that person is worthy of respect or not. The oposite of that, is a person whom tries to communicate and english (for example) is their 2nd or 3rd language, so many errors are made giving whats called "broken" or "pidgeon" english... I think it is just samantics that one padantic person critises another persons gramatical skils, and for me, as long as they get their point across, thats fine, and i have neither the time or the energy to critise another persons gramatical or spelling mistakes, besides im too tactfull and respectfull as i appreciate another persons effort in being able to communicate to me, it is all samantics, and i couldnt be bothered with them...... Grammer (where ever possible) is everything, samantics are just basically "bitching" at another person to show your better, ever considered the person you speak to and insult could be capable of speaking 15 languages fluently?...... See how samantics waste time and effort?....

  • Mohammed Isaa

    Mohammed Isaa

    4 күн бұрын

    @Red-baitingSwine Why is it "apperently"? Do you question its authenticity or "just because" its here, it has to be correct?.... weird use of the word "apperently" which implies some sort of questionable ambiguity?.... lol

  • Red-baitingSwine


    Ай бұрын

    @Frances Bernard We all learned spelling in early grammar school, while too underdeveloped to learn important things. Similarly grammar. . "Grammar" school. ☺☺☺ . Next to semantics, grammar is quite insignificant.

  • American Made
    American Made8 ай бұрын

    This was an excellent lecture and video, concise but with superbly curated detail. Your use of original source material is outstanding.

  • William Young

    William Young

    Ай бұрын

    30 degrees is actually quiet cool. =P (59:35)

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    8 ай бұрын

    Thank you.

  • Josh Kutler
    Josh Kutler8 ай бұрын

    Really enjoyed this series, well narrated and great visual aids. Thank you for making the series!

  • Murendeni Tshivhase
    Murendeni Tshivhase2 ай бұрын

    When I first saw how long this documentary was I didn't think I would watch all of it.. But here I am 3:16 am on a Tuesday and I have just finished it.. This is one of the best made documentary I have ever seen. And I watch a lot of historic documentaries but this is beautiful.. Just beautiful.

  • imran khan

    imran khan

    Ай бұрын


  • Ernie


    2 ай бұрын

    Ditto...I grabbed my guitar to write songs...but here I am its 2am...I watched this with my guitar strapped on all the way through didn't even play

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    2 ай бұрын


  • Ben'Zo
    Ben'Zo9 ай бұрын

    It was exciting to watch this series episode by episode. I guess now is the time to rewatch it. As I may point out, The Revolutionary Wars started in 1792, so there are many campaigns to cover in the future :) If Napoleon had watched this documentary, he would probably say: What a great series, what a great series!

  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon

    2 ай бұрын

    @Soacecraft Carrier: Ok Mr Pedantic

  • James Miller

    James Miller

    5 ай бұрын

    He was average height for the time.

  • Spacecraft Carrier

    Spacecraft Carrier

    7 ай бұрын

    @Flash Gordon *sacrebleu

  • Antonio Gomez

    Antonio Gomez

    8 ай бұрын


  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon

    8 ай бұрын

    No he wouldn’t he would say, “mon dieu! and sacre blur! I would never make such a foolish mistake invading Russia!”

  • PersimmonTea
    PersimmonTea9 ай бұрын

    Great stuff! I had read about the campaign, and especially about the retreat and crossing of the Berezina and it was wonderful to follow your summary as it brought it all to life.

  • Charles Burnham

    Charles Burnham

    3 ай бұрын

    Agreed. Real Time History is the Gold Standard for KZread documentaries.

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    9 ай бұрын


  • surveyore7
    surveyore78 ай бұрын

    Excellent presentation! Timeline, Sequence, Content... from start to finish! Learned much I hadn't seen in previous publications I'd read. Certainly paints a 'different story. Thank you for all your effort!

  • RAND0M7
    RAND0M79 ай бұрын

    The best Documentary on Napoleon's invasion of Russia I have ever seen. Very well done! I would love for it to continue through to when Napoleon was finally defeated and including the Battle of Leipzig, it's just at the turning point where the hunted becomes the hunter. :)

  • MoUldiNCHA0S


    2 ай бұрын

    @Hillbilly in the Asia the Ukrainians couldn't in kherson or kharkov and Napoleon chased the Russians for how long? Not every situation is the same. Some enemies take more loses chasing thier retreating enemy, especially that a tactical retreat is a tried and tested military strategy.

  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon

    2 ай бұрын

    The Battle of Waterloo was the single most important land battle, of the entire history of humanity, until World War One. Bc it was the last nail in France’s coffin, to become the numero uno and the head of nations. Had Waterloo been won by Napoleon, he would’ve gained control over half of Europe again and then been able to threaten, the freedom of the world again. The British only had a small land army and would not have been able to threaten Napoleon on land again. The Prussians, Austrians and Spanish had all been beaten by Napoleon before their liberation by Russia and Britain. Napoleon would’ve done the same to them again, or they would’ve flipped back to his side peacefully, then Napoleon would’ve had another go at Russia and probably forced a negotiated settlement, from Emperor Alexander of Russia. Then Napoleon could secure the resources and cooperation from Europe’s powers, in order to blockade and potentially invade his arch nemesis Great Britain.

  • HB .C

    HB .C

    3 ай бұрын

    @Joshua 7 what 7 countries ?

  • HB .C

    HB .C

    3 ай бұрын

    You should watch epic history tv this is just a copy

  • Franck de BZH

    Franck de BZH

    4 ай бұрын

    @Hillbilly in the Asia The USSR won against Hitler, not only Russia. Stalin was Georgian for example. It included Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan. Etc.

  • J Mous
    J MousАй бұрын

    The narration is amazing. Love you throw in quotes in original language, it really adds a layer of authenticity to the whole experience.

  • DraBattle - Lịch sử Hoạt Hình
    DraBattle - Lịch sử Hoạt Hình5 ай бұрын

    The channel releases videos regularly, with an easy to understand and interesting historical recap. Hope the channel produces more interesting historical videos☺☺

  • Jon A. Scholt
    Jon A. Scholt9 ай бұрын

    Loved the "Napoleon is Russia" series; can't wait to see what's next! Real Time History videos on Thursday are always great; they're like the Herald of the Weekend!

  • Eberhard Schmolling
    Eberhard Schmolling2 ай бұрын

    By far, one of the best documentaries on the invasion of Russia I have ever seen.

  • Salvador Tió
    Salvador Tió3 ай бұрын

    I have learned more about the war of 1812 than in all my readings before by following this remarkable presentation. The Invasion of Russia is brilliantly presented.

  • francis arias
    francis arias8 ай бұрын

    Fantastic video. Informative and thank you for NOT censoring as this is history as it should be, raw and unfiltered. I look forward to your other video's.

  • William Young

    William Young

    Ай бұрын

    Indeed. Promote this kind of content, KZread. How many billions are enough billions?

  • Luis Simões

    Luis Simões

    8 ай бұрын

    Absolutelly amazing content.

  • Stuart Doblin
    Stuart Doblin4 ай бұрын

    You and your team are to be properly celebrated and congratulated. A herculean effort that is to be admired and praised. Thank you immensely for teaching me a part of history that heretofore was vague and opaque. The quote selection was superb, informative, and at times chilling. May your combined efforts reach billions in people and revenues.

  • Greg S

    Greg S

    4 ай бұрын

    It u

  • Greg S

    Greg S

    4 ай бұрын


  • Greg S

    Greg S

    4 ай бұрын


  • pete draper
    pete draper3 ай бұрын

    An absolutely brilliant presentation, easily the best account of the 1812 invasion I have ever read or viewed. Thank you.

  • Ронхул Маггот
    Ронхул Маггот3 ай бұрын

    Какой шикарный диктор-даже "клюквы" не насыпал,что редкость эпичная,по нынешним-то временам!Снимаю шляпу!

  • Mohammed Isaa

    Mohammed Isaa

    4 күн бұрын

    @Azzypics Maybe to you that makes sense but to the rest of the world it does not. I know what he can do with his "cranberries"......

  • Azzypics


    21 күн бұрын

    @UniqueChannelName "Didn't put the cranberries" in this case means "didn't tell any ignorant lies".

  • Shneldon


    Ай бұрын

    @UniqueChannelName Think of the colloquial expressions you, yourself, use before insulting someone else's language.

  • Aleksandr Krupenko

    Aleksandr Krupenko

    Ай бұрын

    @UniqueChannelNameRussian is a hard language to translate. It's very rich and flexible so u can literally twist the sentence in various ways. For Russians its perfectly normal, as for translations and those who read from it, it goes 2 ways - a riddle if written in a complicated way or a sound sentence that is written plainly so that translator can proceed it perfectly. In your case its a riddle.

  • UniqueChannelName


    2 ай бұрын

    @B Doon lol his comment translated as "What a gorgeous announcer-even "cranberries" did not pour, which is a rarity epic, for these times!" hahah wtf

  • Nuad Trainer
    Nuad Trainer2 ай бұрын

    Magnifique description. Depuis l’enfance, je me suis intéressé à l’histoire fascinante de Napoléon, le grand fossoyeur de notre nation. Jamais je n’avais vu une narration d’un telle précision, si bien documentée , d’une telle objectivité. C’est passionnant ! Bravo !

  • Dean Corso

    Dean Corso

    2 ай бұрын

    Le grand fossoyeur ?

  • Noirel
    NoirelАй бұрын

    Всё очень подробно. Не знаю насколько достоверна информация, но столь привлекающий документалка , что аж само по себе верится в это ,я конечно читаю через субтитры, но это не мешает , чтобы узнать хотя бы частичку историю. Спасибо за проделанную работу

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    Ай бұрын

    Спасибо за комментарий. Книги, которые мы использовали, вы можете увидеть в описании под видео.

  • Cre80s
    Cre80s3 ай бұрын

    32:40 This is the reason my great(x3)-grandfather, who was a prestigious Wachtmeister in Germany (so he had the financial resources many did not), took his pregnant wife and several kids to America, which he described in documents "I didn't want my sons to fight and die in the non-stop wars in Europe". He unfortunately arrived here just in time for them to be caught up in the Civil War.

  • J B
    J B8 ай бұрын

    Like many others I thought this was an outstanding video history series, a generous 3 hour runtime to treat the subject in the detail it deserves, but at the same time not yielding to the temptation of padding with filler material. Maps excellent, ads minimal. Am I correct that the presenter is fluent in both French and Russian? though I can't place his accent in the spoken English. But I'm only a casual part-time viewer of these online history docs, and here I read in the comments that Epic tv brand is out there doing just as well if not better, on the very same topic. Indeed I've quite lost track of all the different video history brands. So what's up with online history documentaries?? the sub-genre has just exploded in popularity and the competition is now as fierce as the battle of Borodino itself.

  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon

    2 ай бұрын

    @Jesse: There should be You Tube history awards and you certainly deserve some. Ty for such fabulous documentaries.

  • Daniel Hutchinson

    Daniel Hutchinson

    8 ай бұрын

    Defining History that develops our opinion in some way that provides the proper perspective, helps to make some folks preserve their supply of profits. We seem to return to the same foolish conflicts in search of Booty, that were so horribly unproductive in the past? Wisdom comes to those who see beyond the surface of lies.....

  • Real Time History

    Real Time History

    8 ай бұрын

    and fluent in German too

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    8 ай бұрын

    The presenter is fluent in French, and functional in Russian. His accent in English is Anglo-Quebec. ;)

  • Arc
    Arc4 ай бұрын

    Excellent work, I particularly enjoyed the soundtrack, as it is what every ambient music must aspire to: add something to the production, and never get in the way of the communicators voice and the audience. Always on point. Congrats 🎉



    4 ай бұрын

    Soundtrack is extraordinary!

  • Peter Brown
    Peter Brown8 ай бұрын

    Really brilliant essay and love the interwoven quotes with sources included!🥇

  • Mortier Automotive
    Mortier Automotive5 ай бұрын

    In love with this channel, great documentary, great narrator voice and translation. Im French love how you speak it! Keep doing the great work, history is so important! This and Soviet Storm documentary are so great so much details, fascinating!

  • HB .C

    HB .C

    3 ай бұрын

    @Real Time History sorry to say but ambient and maps is better on epic history tv and this looks like a copy of. What epic history tv did

  • Real Time History

    Real Time History

    5 ай бұрын

    Thank you very much!

  • TheSpritz0
    TheSpritz08 ай бұрын

    REAL TIME HISTORY- Hopefully your channel will make a GREAT video about the "Hundred Days" campaign of Napoleon, Epic History did one on Waterloo BUT added on Battle of Quatre Bras and Battle of Ligny as quick footnotes, and they each deserve so much more, noting that SO many famous military figures died especially at Quatre Bras including the Duke of Brunswick, Lord Hay, and the Colonel of the Gordon Highlanders, John Cameron among many!!

  • Ben Gerber

    Ben Gerber

    5 ай бұрын

    YES! If there is ONE battle that hasn't received ANY attention...It's WATERLOO! That video NEEDS to happen!

  • Big Sky 1991
    Big Sky 19913 ай бұрын

    Where I live in Germany, I've seen and examined in detail the amazingly detailed French Grande Armee Quartermaster requisitions from our village of Gochsheim and Schweinfurt as they bought Pigs, hay, goats from local farmers . All in correct military French, paid in Francs. I had a Polish Lancer Tschapka from this campaign for many years, Finally selling it to a well known Hollywood actor that is also a quiet but advanced Napoleon era Militaria collector.

  • Raul


    2 ай бұрын

    Danny DeVito?

  • Millennium MixTapes

    Millennium MixTapes

    2 ай бұрын

    Tom Hanks?

  • if65group
    if65group8 ай бұрын

    Almost 3 hours flew in one instant. You have done a great job! Thank you.

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    8 ай бұрын


  • Zycrian
    ZycrianАй бұрын

    Napoleon is one of my favorite generals in history and made me love the French. Awesome documentary helped me out with my history HW as well

  • Donald Moore
    Donald Moore6 ай бұрын

    Absolutely one of the best historical pieces I have ever seen or heard.. Phenomenal job. Thank you !!!

  • Absurdist
    AbsurdistАй бұрын

    I feel very fortunate that I live at the right time of history to be about to see your content.

    TERMICOBRAАй бұрын

    I watched the whole 3 hour presentation from beginning to end. Magnificent.

  • Adam Emmrich
    Adam EmmrichАй бұрын

    I went to honors high School and got my bachelor's degree but never really learned much about Napoleon for some reason. Later in life I've decided to try to fill in some gaps and this is a great way to do it

  • Roger Sledz
    Roger Sledz9 ай бұрын

    Thank you so much for uploading this video. It is helping me get through the pandemic!

  • Agate Smuidre
    Agate SmuidreАй бұрын

    First visit at this channel. I am positively blown away by the quality of this content. Don't know how they managed to make a 3h documentary that's interesting for regular people as well as history nerds.

  • Warbrain


    Ай бұрын

    @Real Time History how are you still responding to comments xD

  • Real Time History

    Real Time History

    Ай бұрын

    thanks and welcome to the channel

  • Bladder Splattle
    Bladder Splattle4 ай бұрын

    Wow. Nearly 3 hours of content. Astonishing. Well done!

  • queylahs
    queylahs6 ай бұрын

    Hands down, the best historical documentaries available.

  • Stuart Turner
    Stuart Turner9 ай бұрын

    Loved it , great work from the team 👍👍👍👍👍 thanks Jesse and co.

  • Tabletop Generals DE
    Tabletop Generals DE8 ай бұрын

    This was epic, thanks for the awesome work.

  • Jeremiah Cotter
    Jeremiah CotterАй бұрын

    Congrats on all the hard work achieved and persisted upon. This is one of the most well-made documentaries on this website. Thank you!

  • Axe
    Axe2 ай бұрын

    This entire video and it's narration is absolutely excellent, thanks.

  • Nathan Wilhome
    Nathan Wilhome2 ай бұрын

    An astounding narration ~ captivating the concentration to appreciate the clarity of all rounds of all battles : Very well done ~ Thank you

  • Joseph
    Joseph6 ай бұрын

    This was very well done. Fascinating. I watched the whole thing in one sitting!

  • Valery Sinitsine
    Valery Sinitsine2 ай бұрын

    Decent. I know it is a long video and some details had to be left out, but leaving out the Russian raid into the Frensh rear at Borodino is a travesty. It was one of the reasons why Napolean chose not to commit his Guard. Also, the major reason not to commit the Imperial Guard was the fact that the battlefield was shrouded in smoke and Napoleon could not see the whole picture. Russian Imperial Guard was used at the end of the battle to make it look the Russians were not beaten. They stood and took cannon fire until the end of the day.

  • Snapdragon
    Snapdragon3 ай бұрын

    Being able to spot and promote talented Marshalls seems to be one of Napoleon's best qualities. No wonder he got so far..

  • Martinko Pcik
    Martinko PcikАй бұрын

    I like and appreciate very much an excellent English, French and Russian pronunciation. High quality story telling. It sucked me in and I couldn't stop watching until the end

  • Brian Jackson
    Brian Jackson4 ай бұрын

    Superbly researched. Such an excellent documentary.

  • Graham Thorpe
    Graham Thorpe9 ай бұрын

    would like to see you do his 6 day campaign and waterloo. great content!

  • Real Time History

    Real Time History

    9 ай бұрын

    there will be more

  • ftffighter
    ftffighter9 ай бұрын

    This was phenomenal! How has this not blown up yet?????!!

  • Robert Jarman

    Robert Jarman

    15 күн бұрын

    Because neither the Russian artillery nor the French artillery has not bombarded the server on KZread where it is hosted yet.

  • inconsistent


    8 ай бұрын

    is that a rhetorical question?

  • Aemond Targaryen

    Aemond Targaryen

    9 ай бұрын

    It baffles me

  • Petr Miros
    Petr Miros8 ай бұрын

    Wow man, i studied history in university and im generaly recognized as "history freak" :p Your knowledge and presentation style is just stunning, the level of detail here is out of this world. Also I love your French :D

  • Allan McInnes
    Allan McInnes4 ай бұрын

    Bringing history to life is no mean feat. A great deal of hard work to cover all that befell both sides. I feel so much more educated.

  • Микита Смірнов
    Микита Смірнов7 ай бұрын

    This is my favourite channel on KZread. Seriously, guys - you are amazing!

  • Lesley Ghost Dragon
    Lesley Ghost Dragon3 ай бұрын

    The artwork is so unexpectedly beautiful in this documentary! and the narrator's charming accent makes learning very enjoyable!

  • Tomáš Špalek

    Tomáš Špalek

    Ай бұрын

    @Rabble Rouser,,, , čo. V ,. ,,,,

  • Rabble Rouser

    Rabble Rouser

    Ай бұрын

    True learning comes long after school games.

  • Don Timberman

    Don Timberman

    2 ай бұрын


  • Real Time History

    Real Time History

    3 ай бұрын

    Wow, thank you!

  • WalterReimer
    WalterReimer9 ай бұрын

    "Closer to total war than it had ever been before." *The Thirty Years War has entered the chat.*

  • Nafoon21
    Nafoon218 ай бұрын

    The Age of Napoleon brought me here! Loved this series to bits!

  • shaun lan
    shaun lan8 ай бұрын

    This was so well done! Bravo!!

  • Gregory Palmer
    Gregory Palmer2 ай бұрын

    Wonderful presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Georgios Regkoukos
    Georgios RegkoukosАй бұрын

    What I like the most about this is that the narrator took the time to research how to pronounce Russian. Or otherwise has knowledge of it, as well as French - clearly. That's how it should be done. As fluent speaker of both, I feel this greatly adds to the value and immersion effect

  • Androklis Giatsoglou
    Androklis Giatsoglou5 ай бұрын

    Great work guys, thank you! Just a note, Borodino village was lost by the Jagers of the Russian Guard,

  • jason zalewski
    jason zalewski8 ай бұрын

    Better than any TV documentary

  • Jiri Tichy
    Jiri Tichy8 ай бұрын

    Just excellent! Language note: Russian term prince is in English duke. To use prince in English translations is confusing, it has a different meaning. I watched recently the three part 1986(?) War and Peace based on Tolstoy' book.

  • Tallorian


    26 күн бұрын

    It works as "prince" when you refer to the rulers of the feudal Rus states or to the members of the royal dynasty (brothers, cousins, uncles of the emperor etc) in the imperial Russia.

  • Mike Romadin

    Mike Romadin

    8 ай бұрын

    I guess you’re right, I always translate the Russian word “knyaz’” as duke

  • EMMANUEL Dacosta
    EMMANUEL Dacosta5 ай бұрын

    ufff me encanta estos videos tengo una idea para un video; Como funcionaba la logistica militar, desde los cartuchos, armas, como transportaban la comida, una de mis dudas el movimiento de los cañones podria ser interesante

  • daz beal
    daz beal2 ай бұрын

    Thanks ever so much for the upload. I was hooked from your 1st word, love well narrated historical documentaries. Also Hitler must have flunked Napoleonic history.

  • Stephen S
    Stephen S13 күн бұрын

    Really incredible amount of data and manpower behind this documentary... Bravo fellows!

  • Aaron Flaherty
    Aaron FlahertyАй бұрын

    Amazing channel , what a brilliant program of Napoleans Russia campaign loved it so informative ,a truly great history lesson I have just watched ,thank you

  • ark dward
    ark dwardАй бұрын

    Yup, had no idea I was going to stay transfixed for nearly 3 hours. My goodness, what a production. Congratulations to you and your team, much admiration.

  • jose humberto treviño
    jose humberto treviño9 ай бұрын

    Amazing work, thank you very much. So much detail, very well done. Congratulations. Please keep on with more material

  • Real Time History

    Real Time History

    9 ай бұрын

    we will, thanks

  • Gaudard Cyril
    Gaudard Cyril20 күн бұрын

    Unbelievable video. Great quality work!

  • D.C.
    D.C.3 ай бұрын

    What an expertly-narrated journey!

  • LBG1943
    LBG19437 ай бұрын

    currently reading With Napoleon in Russia, the memoirs of his aide de camp. this is a perfect companion piece. thanks for the upload.

  • Rogal Dorn
    Rogal Dorn9 ай бұрын

    Great series very detailed ! This need 1 million views!!!

  • Matthias Van Acker
    Matthias Van Acker8 ай бұрын

    Amazing upload! Love the content. Keep it up.

  • hun dun
    hun dun5 ай бұрын

    20:47 I see that Dutch soldiers are missing in the French army. Between 1797 - 1814, 53.000 Dutch men joined the French army. 15.000 of them joined for the Russian campaign.

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    5 ай бұрын

    They are included in the French Empire figures, as indicated, since the French Empire absorbed the Low Countries.

  • István Szőke
    István Szőke9 ай бұрын

    What a time to be alive!

  • Anthony Tillman
    Anthony Tillman3 ай бұрын

    I really, really like the first hand account quotes throughout the Documentary. Those Quotes were packed with perspective.

  • David Conrod
    David Conrod4 ай бұрын

    Wow, this is amazing stuff. Sharing with friends. Keep up the great work.

  • eb
    eb8 ай бұрын

    great videos, know the story off the russian campaign but this video is still a must watch

  • Tyler E
    Tyler E22 күн бұрын

    The brilliant paintings make this entire presentation a sheer joy to follow.

  • MR Dijon
    MR Dijon9 ай бұрын

    So excited to watch this tonight you guys are seriously the best

  • Oliver
    Oliver2 ай бұрын

    Great content and so well narrated Thank u

  • BroadwayJosh
    BroadwayJosh2 ай бұрын

    Braco! Excellent presentation! I don't believe I listened to the whole thing... I coukdn't tear myself away.

  • irmollaar
    irmollaar8 ай бұрын

    This was incredible, thank you

  • gingerbill128
    gingerbill1285 ай бұрын

    Excellent , Doesn't get better than this , thanks.

  • I_Love_Boobs
    I_Love_Boobs2 ай бұрын

    Man I've never watched something like this. I took it in like a sponge! OUTSTANDING work! Cheers from Croatia!!!

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    2 ай бұрын


  • Enalb
    Enalb8 ай бұрын

    how does this only have 208k views? this is awesome

  • Cannibal Bunny Girl
    Cannibal Bunny Girl16 күн бұрын

    KZread video that is 100% better than anything made by a network. Utterly commendable video and very engaging. Host is amazing also.

  • Joe Gerhard USA
    Joe Gerhard USA7 ай бұрын

    The details you give are fantastic. Proclaiming the 2nd POLISH war. I didn't know that

  • Jason Wilson
    Jason Wilson4 ай бұрын

    this is GREAT! Keep up the great work, and put your stuff on RUMBLE!

  • Cosmic Code
    Cosmic Code4 ай бұрын

    Amazingly done documentary. Epic magnum opus!

  • Dellan anjo
    Dellan anjo3 ай бұрын

    Very well made. Thank you!

  • Paulo Montini
    Paulo Montini9 ай бұрын


  • Stijn Vth
    Stijn VthАй бұрын

    damn this is quality content. so interesting!

  • Murat
    Murat8 ай бұрын

    By the way, Reynier wasn't a marshal,he was general of division

  • Jesse Alexander

    Jesse Alexander

    8 ай бұрын

    Yes, we corrected that after the first part was already recorded.

  • Wee-Meng Koh
    Wee-Meng KohАй бұрын

    Well narrated. Interesting account of past aggressions. Enjoyed listening. Thank you. Wm [Malaysia]

  • Wee-Meng Koh

    Wee-Meng Koh

    Ай бұрын

    I listened entirely.

  • blockmasterscott
    blockmasterscott8 ай бұрын

    Omg. The quality of this is amazing.

  • Tom Riley
    Tom Riley2 ай бұрын

    Did Junot ever explain why he didn't attack? It's impressive how close Napoleon came to victory. Neglecting his logistics and getting into a meet grinder against the Russians at Bordino seem remarkably un-Napoleon like.

  • Desmond Ng

    Desmond Ng

    3 күн бұрын

    If I recall it was due to confusion in orders. Junot wasn’t aware that the order to attack came from Napoleon directly and thought that Ney or another Marshal had asked him to, so he refused.

  • ejczuebezoga e
    ejczuebezoga e3 ай бұрын

    You said that from 600 hundred thousand man that was in Napoleon side only 15 thousand survive by the end of the campaign but couple minutes later you also pointed out that an estimated 300,000 died in the campaign so my question is what happend with the other 300 thousand?

  • DaBeezKneez


    Ай бұрын

    Probably deserters. Or just casualties such as wounded and not able to fight.

  • Daniel Kasnett
    Daniel Kasnett6 ай бұрын

    You guys are amazing thank you so much can't stop listening

  • Dr Martin
    Dr Martin4 ай бұрын

    I can't believe they got Jake Gyllenhaal to narrate this channel. Definitely hitting subscribe.