Napoleon’s comrade-in-arms general to be reburied in his homeland. The remains of Etienne Guden de la Sablonnière were sent to France. There was a farewell ceremony at Vnukovo-3 airport. Reconstructors recreated the military honors of the 19th century. As it should be, the coffin was brought on a gun carriage
“We were an honor guard from the Russian Imperial Army. The tradition is an ancient one of paying homage to a high-ranking soldier. It is rather important to the French people. And we respect the French people, despite the fact that there were disagreements two centuries ago, nevertheless the Russian people have respect for the French people. And there is friendship between the Russian and French people,” said the head of the military-historical club “Black Hussars” Oleg Shukhat.
General Guden is a legendary associate of Napoleon Bonaparte. The military man’s name is even carved on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In 1812, Guden was killed in battle near Smolensk. In 2021, the search for the burial site was initiated by the French ambassador to the Russian Federation. Together with experts from the IA Russian Academy of Sciences, the grave was found in a month of excavations. The diplomat praised the work of scientists and the organization of the farewell
“It was a touching ceremony. I’ll probably continue in French. It is a very touching and exciting moment. General Guden is returning to his homeland, his remains will return to his native soil. Guden was a great general of a great army. And the return became possible thanks to the work of archaeologists,” said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France Pierre Levy.
The remains will be returned to France on the eve of Bastille Day. The general will return to his homeland on the national holiday.