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    ST. PETERSBURG, April 9 (RIA Novosti's Anna Novak - North-West) - An exhibition devoted to the 190th anniversary of the taking of Paris in 1814 by combined Russian-Prussian-Austrian forces opened at the Military History Museum of the Artillery, the Engineers Corps and the Signal Corps, which is the oldest Russian museum, here today. This exhibition is called "Brothers, Let's Remember The Glory Of The Russians!" Paris was seized by allied forces March 18 (30), what with Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte abdicating May 6.

    Talking to RIA Novosti, people at the Museum's press center noted that several hundred exhibits telling about the 1812-1814 events in Europe and highlighting Russian military involvement in the battles against the army of Napoleon will be displayed. All of them were previously stored at this Museum's depositories; and some of these exhibits have never been shown before.

    Their list includes personal effects of Russian servicemen and Cossacks, who fought during the entire 1812-1814 war against Napoleon. Visitors will see an artillery-unit drum, a silver bugle, which was awarded for the victorious battle of Fere-Champenoise, as well as a helmet, which had belonged to a bugler of the second imperial-guards Pskov regiment.

    The exhibition features tall glasses and plates depicting Russian war heroes, as well as awards, table medals and commemorative medals, which were issued during the war of 1812-1814 (i.e. the Patriotic War), Napoleon's blotting pad, as well as legal documents formalizing the then allied victory.

    Add to this lithographs and photos. Some lithographs and drawings show Russian Cossacks walking together with French girls. Color lithographs depict Russian Emperor Alexander I and Austria's Emperor Franz I, as well as Prussian King Friedrich-Wilhelm, riding on horse-back into Paris.

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