Archaeologists have unearthed 200 French soldiers' skeletons from 1813, during construction work in Frankfurt's Rodelheim district in Western Germany.
“We estimate that about 200 people were buried here,” Olaf Cunitz, the city’s head of town planning, said on Thursday.
He will hold a press conference at the site and stated some estimates about findings.
“According to our preliminary estimate, they are soldiers from the Great Army in 1813,” soldiers were on their way back from Napoleon’s failed Russian campaign.
The skeletons were well-preserved because the soldiers were buried in coffins.
When Napoleon Bonaparte decided to retreat from Moscow with his army, bad weather conditions, lack of food, lack of support convoys and faulty equipment caused many deaths.
The French Invasion of Russia, also known in Russia as the Patriotic War of 1812, began on June, 24 1812 when Napoleon's Grande Armee crossed the Neman River made their way towards Moscow and defeated the Russian army. The Grande Armee was a very large force, numbering 680,000 soldiers, unseen before in European history (including 300,000 of French departments).