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Napoleon's favourite general possibly found

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Archaeologists are set to reveal whether a one-legged skeleton found under a dance floor in Russia solves a centuries-old mystery involving Napoleon's favourite general.

Charles-Étienne Gudin died aged 44 after he was hit by a cannonball during the French invasion of Russia in 1812.

He had to have his leg amputated and died three days later from gangrene.

The DNA results of a skeleton unearthed in the city of Smolensk, west of Moscow, will be announced on Thursday.

A team of Russian and French archaeologists found the skeleton in a wooden coffin in a park beneath building foundations in July.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49508521

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"Napoleon's favourite general has been formally identified after DNA tests on a one-legged skeleton found under a dance floor in western Russia.

"Analysis confirmed that the bones belonged to Charles-Etienne Gudin, French archaeologists say.

"Gudin, aged 44, was hit by a cannonball near the city of Smolensk during the French invasion of Russia in 1812.

"He had to have his leg amputated and died three days later from gangrene. His heart was taken back to France."

Full monty at the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50329041

And at the UK Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/06/dna-tests-prove-one-legged-skeleton-found-russian-dance-floor/

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