leader of the Don cossacks, Matvei Platov was an extremely effective
commander of cavalry.
troops abilities to live off the land and harry disorganised armies
were never more obvious than during the 1812 French
invasion of Russia.
an unremarkable performance at Borodino,
Platov shone during the French retreat from Moscow and defeated
General Sebastiani at Inkovo.
cossack hetman also took part at Leipzig
and joined the Allied occupation force of Paris.