Did Napoleon show wisdom by invading Russia?

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Napoleon's invasion of Russia was probably his greatest mistake. In order to do so, he was forced to extend his supply lines far too long to be sustainable. He also had not counted on Russia's famed "best soldier: General Winter." There is also the famous expression that one should never get involved in a land war in Asia. The Russians did not need to meet Napoleon head on; they simply withdrew and let the Russian winter do their work for them. The results, of course, were disastrous.

As an interesting, and ironic side note, Adolf Hitler's advisors warned him against...

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No he did not, and as a historical downfall, neither did Hilter. Russia is impenetrable simply because no one wants it and they can retreat for miles while you get stuck.