In 1812 Napoleon lost a complete army in Russia, but he still had enough resources to be able to regain his hold of at least Central Europe even if without Russia. The Battle of Leipzig of 1813 destroyed his last chance of continuing his domination of Europe. Peter Hofschröer is a historian who specialises in the Napoleonic Wars. In an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia Peter Hofschröer told about the Battle of Nations and about the relevance of the Napoleonic Wars to today’s society

The Battle of Kulm was a separate battle of Russian troops, when Russian troops saved the rest of the Army. The situation was a bit difficult there, because it took place after the Battle of Dresden which resulted in Napoleon’s victory

The first words, which Alexander The First was saying to the Parisians, who were surrounding him when he entered Paris, were: “I brought you peace and freedom of trade”

The 1813 Battle of Nations near Leipzig inspired a German composer, Wilhelm Wieprecht, to write a monumental 66-part work for three orchestras. The VOR has uncovered a record of an Australian orchestra performing this magnificent piece under Craig Dabelstein, a famous conductor who was kind enough to shed some light on this lesser known masterpiece of Wieprecht

‘History is a great teacher, but mankind is a poor pupil’, said the great French composer Hector Berlioz. David Whitwell, a music professor who reconstructed Wieprecht’s composition "Battle of Nations", thinks there’s some truth in these words; Hitler in 1941 did the same stupid thing as Napoleon in 1812 - the march on Moscow. And though governments don’t really learn much from history, individuals can, that’s why it’s so important to remind younger generation about the Battle of Leipzig (VIDEO)