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SH Archive One-legged skeleton found under Russian dance floor is Napoleon's 'lost general', Charles Etienne Gudin

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'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....'

Just like that, eh?

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

Do it, lets see if they repeat this? Funeral

'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.

Gudin was personally known to and respected by Napoleon. A bust of his likeness resides in the Palace of Versailles, and a Paris street bears his name.

After his death his heart was cut out and carried to Paris to be placed in a chapel in the French capital’s Père Lachaise cemetery but the precise location of the rest of his body was unknown.

Then in July, a team of French and Russian archaeologists said they unearthed what they believed to be Gudin’s missing remains during a dig in the Russian city of Smolensk, 250 miles west of Moscow'

As you do...

'Records from the period indicate that Gudin was seriously wounded in the Battle of Valutino near Smolensk, close to the border with Belarus, in which 7,000 French perished.

His leg was amputated and he died three days later from gangrene.

The search for his remains began in May, funded by a Franco-Russian group headed by Pierre Malinowski, a historian and former soldier with ties to the French far-right and support from the Kremlin.

The team was confident that the skeleton they found belonged to Gudin but to dispel any doubt sent samples for genetic cross-analysis with DNA from the general's descendants'


“I came back with to France with a piece of femur and teeth,” said Mr Malinowski. He handed them over to an expert in Marseille, southern France, who compared them with remains of Gudin’s brother and sister from the family crypt at Saint-Maurice-sur-Aveyron in the Loiret, central France.

The brother had also been a general of Napoleon.

“The DNA fits 100 per cent,” Mr Malinowski told France Bleu. “There is no longer any doubt.”

"This is the greatest day of my life. Napoleon was one of the last people to see him alive which is very important, and he’s the first general from the Napoleonic period that we have found."

Love this bit...

According to Mr Malinowski, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has taken a personal interest in the case and offered to fly the remains to France. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, was also aware of the discovery.

“Both presidents are enthusiastic” he said, adding that he hoped for a joint ceremony in the general’s honour.

"It will help to bring France and Russia closer together."

Gudin is said to have been one of Napoleon's favourite generals and the two men attended military school together'


Whats the real story here folks?
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