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Post  rschilla on Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:40 pm

General Gudin's body has been confirmed found in Smolensk.

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

One-legged skeleton found under Russian dance floor is Napoleon's 'lost general', DNA tests confirm

More than 200 years after he died of his battlefield wounds in Russia, one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s favourite generals has been formally identified thanks to DNA tests on a one-legged skeleton found under a dance floor.

His heirs are now calling for him to receive a state funeral in his native France.

Charles Etienne Gudin, whose name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, died aged 44 on August 22, 1812, after being hit by a cannon ball during Napoleon’s unsuccessful invasion of Russia.

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Post  Mr. Digby on Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:50 pm

Lovely that his remains have been found and will be returned to France for reburial by his descendants.

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Post  King_Rufus on Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:27 am

Would like to know how he ended up under a "dance floor" in Smolensk!
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Post  rschilla on Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:46 pm

I imagine he was buried in an open patch of ground and the building was put up afterwards.

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Post  King_Rufus on Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:43 am

Gives a new meaning to "dance on your grave"?
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