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NAPOLEONIC WARRIORS FIND REST IN LITHUANIA

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http://www.mail.com/intl/Article.aspx/world/europe/APNews/Europe/20101129/U_EU-Lithuania-Napoleon-Soldiers?pageid=1

AP - 29/11/2010 08:18:49
Napoleonic warriors find rest in Lithuania


The skeletons of 18 of Napoleon's soldiers have been laid to rest in Lithuania -- 200 years after the French emperor tried in vain to invade Russia.

At a solemn ceremony in Vilnius on Monday, Lithuanian deputy Defense Minister Vytautas Umbrasas said Napoleon's troops are finally "buried properly."

The ceremony also was attended by French Ambassador Francois Laumonier.

The remains of the soldiers were discovered by road builders outside Vilnius last year.
Experts determined the soldiers were members of the infantry, hussar and dragoon units,
that retreated from Russia in one of history's most catastrophic military campaigns.

The new graves were added to some 2,000 others found eight years ago during excavations in the capital of the Baltic state.
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