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Thread #18702   Message #973195
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
27-Jun-03 - 06:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
Compare the rhymes: Line - behind vs. mind - behind, and the answer is clear.
During the french attack the Russians mostly retreated, luring them into Moscow. When it was burnt, the French had no means of housing and feeding their troops and had to retreat for themselves. During their retreat no pitched battles were fought; the Russians fought in the partisan way, by a steady harrassing the French rear, flanks, and stragglers. So "in one line" seems a little far fetched.