Reading for Tuesday, 7 April
Actually, there’s not a lot else to say about this briefest of brief chapters that contains one tantrum and then moves on. But we see the consequences of Yermolov’s inaction the day before.
The ironic thing is that Kutuzov was heading out for the battle, not very happy about the fact that the battle was even on, only to find that his orders had been ignored anyway.
So the tantrum was less about the lack of an attack and more about his orders being ignored. It’s a strange little moment in the midst of this chapter, but the tail end of this war seems to have been very strange indeed.
Either way (at the risk of me becoming a broken record), it shows the point. It didn’t matter what Kutuzov wanted to do – unless he had all the men going in the same direction, he had very little influence at all. This is one of those times where his influence meant nothing.
Thus is history made.