Skeletons of 200 Napoleonic era soldiers found in Frankfurt

Local officials say skeletons of 200 soldiers belonging to army of Napoleon Bonaparte from 1813 unearthed in Frankfurt

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Construction work in the Rodelheim area of Frankfurt have unearthed skeletons belonging to soldiers from Napoleon's Grande Armee.

Updated Sep 19, 2015

Archaeologists have unearthed 200 French soldiers' skeletons from 1813, during construction work in Frankfurt's Rodelheim district in Western Germany.

A researcher examining skeletons of the Napoleonic soldiers discovered in a mass grave on a building site.

“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).


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