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War and Peace - Part 2, Chapters 17-21 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2, Chapters 17-21 Summary

Bagration gives orders for two battalions from the center to reinforce the flank, which is under intense fire. Officers find Bagration, give him updates about the battle, and then wait for direction. Andrew notices that Bagration never really gives orders at all, but gives the appearance that everything the officers does is really Bagration's will. The officers find this soothing; it helps them regain their composure and return to their soldiers with cheer and pluck. The French are now in sight. Bagration is out in front with his men, and they charge down the hill towards the French. Tushin's forgotten group of men have set fire to the town of Schongraben and delayed the advance of the French. As the French stop to put out the fire, the Russians retreat.

A German colonel and Russian general get in a heated argument about how...

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