tenacity of Russian soldiers was never more obvious than
during the battle of Golymin where 18,000 of the
Tsar's soldiers escaped from the clutches of 38,000
Russians were being hemmed in around the Polish village
by the forces of Marshals Murat,
Augereau and Davout.
They had the advantage of excellent defensive terrain, but
faced some of France's best commanders and their veteran
the Russians was General Andrei Gallitzin, a cavalryman
who used his combined forces with great skill and courage.
putting up a terrific fight, the defenders were eventually
forced to withdraw by the huge odds against them and escaped
along their last line of retreat.
sides lost an estimated 800 men each.
gallant performance won him the praise of no less a soldier
than Napoleon Bonaparte.
battle of Pultusk took place on the same day as Golymin.