While entrenching in defense of the Soviet Bagration Offensive of 1944:
“On that road, 132 years before, the Grande ArmÃ©e had moved on Moscow. Not far from there is the source of the Beresina at Stujanka, the site of the historic battlefield. During the entrenching work at that time a Napoleonic eagle had been found. They had immediately sent it to the Fuehrer’s headquarters. The parallels with the Napoleonic retreat were borne in on us in a shattering way.”
— Armin Scheiderbauer, Adventures in My Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45, 2006.