The Melee: French Carabiniers and Russian Hussars at the Battle of Borodino. Keith Rocco. Passing by the Raevsky Redoubt and flooding the plateau beyond, French cavalry consisting of elements of Montbrun's 2nd Reserve Cavalry Corps and Grouchy's 3rd Reserve Cavalry Corps became embroiled with Russian regiments of horse in a fight that General Barclay de Tolly described as "one of the most stubborn cavalry battles of history."
The Battle of Borodino, fought on September 7, 1812 and involving more than 250,000 troops and 70,000 casualties was a pivotal turning point in Napoleon's failed campaign to take Russia. It is vividly depicted in great detail through the plot and characters in War and Peace. Painting by Louis-François, Baron Lejeune, 1822.