The I Corps of the Grande Armée was a military unit during the Napoleonic Wars. The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815 involved Napoleon's French Empire and a shifting set of European allies and opposing coalitions It was commanded by Marshal Louis Nicolas Davout during the 1812 invasion of Russia. The Marshal of France (Maréchal de France and pl Maréchaux de France is a military distinction in contemporary France, not a Military rank. Louis-Nicolas d'Avout ( May 10, 1770 &ndash June 1, 1823) better known as Davout, 1st Duc d' Auerstaedt The French invasion of Russia in 1812 was a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.
At the crossing of the Niemen River in 1812, the I Corps' size was about 79,000 men, but by the Battle of Smolensk, about 60,000 men remained. "Nieman" and "Niemen" redirects here For other uses see Neman and Nieman (disambiguation. Year 1812 ( MDCCCXII) a leap year started on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year The First Battle of Smolensk took place on August 17 1812, between 175000 men of the Grande Armée under Napoleon Bonaparte and 130000  By the end of the Russian campaign, only 2,235 men remained. 
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