A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership.
Jakoś to będzie, the pilot probably said to himself, before missing the runway and snagging treetops near the Smolensk airport.
Where Napoleon went wrong was he simply took one bad decision to go north back through Smolensk, rather than going south.
Of course, it is far too soon to judge what caused the crash today in Smolensk.
Gunther is sent by his superiors to Smolensk to investigate reports of a Russian massacre of Polish troops in 1940.
He said "he should march upon Kutusoff, crush or drive him back, and then turn suddenly towards Smolensk."
Villages and towns were passed, each deserted, as Smolensk had been.
He accordingly marched to the city of Smolensk, and encamped before it with an army of three hundred thousand men.
At Smolensk the armies at last reunited, much as Bagration disliked it.
The move was well conceived and swiftly executed, but its success stopped short at the outworks of Smolensk.