In the stone of the triumphal arch his name is engraved beside Hoche or Kléber. General Gudin, companion of the Emperor, was found by archaeologists in Smolensk, Russia. DNA analysis has just confirmed this. For Alberic d & # 39; Orléans, a descendant of the general, this is not the end of the story. He claims the return of his grandfather's body in France. " It seems legitimate to me, it is nonetheless a historical person who has given his life for France, it has the right to the military honors. "
The researches and the investigations in Russia will have taken several years. Historians knew that Gudin had died in Smolensk in the arms of Napoleon, of whom he was a childhood friend. The general had been wounded three days before the battle on 19 August 1812. His left leg had been torn off his knee and his right leg had been injured by a calf shell. Only part of the left leg is missing on the skeleton. Insufficient evidence for historians. The DNAs will coincide with the exhumed remains of General Gudin's brother. The return of the hero, more than two centuries after his death, is now in diplomatic hands.
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