Art and Faith

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Nikolai Dmitriev-Orenburgsky. General Nikolai Skobolyov Leads the Way. 1883

nikolai-dmitriev-orenburgsky-general-nikolai-skobolyov-leads-the-way-1883.jpgGeneral Nikolai Skobolyov Leads the Way (Nikolai Dmitriev-Orenburgsky, 1883)

General Skobolyov was the leader of the combined Orthodox armies on the Balkan front during the Russo-Turkish War. He was the liberator of much of Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria, and his memory is still fresh in these regions. There is an interesting bit of trivia concerning the good general. He died of a heart attack… in a brothel. He was so popular amongst the Russian people that this… ahem! …incident… was forgotten and forgiven. He was given a hero’s funeral and his statue was erected. Parenthetically, the late Field Marshal Montgomery considered him the greatest military leader of the period between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and World War I.

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