The Paulov's Grenadiers defending the church

Italian and Russians fighting near the church at Malo-Jaroslavets (1812)

russian church (malo-jaroslavets)

According to the chronicles of the time, the Malo-Jaroslavets church was an isolated building near the bridge about the Luzha (Luscha) river 118 versts (103 km) to SW of Moscow. It was used as a headbridge strongpoint by the french army during its failed crossing i(october, 24, 1812) towards Kaluga and the not devastated russian zones.

First I made an Intenet search (using Google) for graphical references without finding any result, and then I sent a query to several Yahoo groups. At last I was given an Intenet address corresponding to the U.S. Congress Library:

A query with the words 'church malo' located two photographies from the 'Prokudin-Gorskii Photo Album. Views of the Napoleonic campaign area, Russian Empire'. At last, I arrived to the page 24, where there are more images of the town (taken in 1912). The chosen one was the 140, because that church appears mor isolated than the others.From a TIFF file (23 Mb), the zone corresponding to the church was cut and sharpened.


  By using PowerPoint, the plant and lateral views of the building and the main main architectural elements: the central building with the gate and the tower were drawn. The PowerPoint presentation ' malo-church.ppt' contains the following slides.



1  Materials: 2mm plywood, 2mm cardboard, thin cardboard, white glue and aluminium foil for the walls and roof. For the towers: thermofusible plastic rods(12 mm Ø), torical ruber seal washers, a fluorescent lamp starter (20 mm Ø), wood spheres 20 y 30 mm Ø), a knob from a drawer and plasticene.
2  The walls are cut in the 2mm cardboard using a printed paper output from PowerPoint as template. The central building is made and the gate glued. The tower is built in the same way. All elements are glued onto a plyboard base.
3  The cylindrical towers are then made. The smaller ones are built with 12 mm Ø - thermofusible plastic rods fixed onto a chipboard square base
4  The central building is made around the structure of the towers, that are then covered with brick paper (printed from PowerPoint) 
5  The small domes are made with wood spheres and a nail. The central one is made with an previously emptied starter (from a fluorescent lamp) and the knob. The bases are torical rubber seals.
6  The onion-shape  domes are made with plasticene, which is then covered with white glue.
7  The roofs are made from carboard, with white glue and an aluminium foil, with the tiles moulded with the spurs of a hair comb.
8  The roof are undercoated in black, paited with acrylic green and then highlighted with green-blue to give the aspect of oxidated copper.
9  The gold plated is made with enamel (Humbrol) paint applied with a cellulose paper. The walls are covered with bricks of PowerPoint.
10  Then the architectural details are added: windows, doors, columns (printed form PowerPoint). and cornices, atirs, etc. made with matchsticks.
11 At last the crosses are added and the church is finished