'[The Swiss] were, right to the end of the retreat, invincible, they outdid nature, and they spread a radiance of heroism into this desert of snow.'-Marshal Gouvion St Cyr.
'It has been said that the bridges presented a hideous spectacle due to the crowding and confusion...In reality, the crossing of the Berezina in the face of the enemy was a very large military undertaking that reflects further glory on the army and its chief.'-General Berthezene.
'There was never a better opportunity to force the surrender of an army in the open field. Napoleon had to rely for the most part on the reputation of his arms; and he made use here of an asset he had been accumulating for a long time...Because the enemy was afraid of him and his Guard, no one dared face him. Napoleon capitalized on this psychological effect, and with its assistance worked his way out of one of the worst situations in which a general was ever caught. Of course this psychological force was not all he had. He was still supported by his own brilliant strength of character and the peerless military virtues of his army, not yet destroyed by the greatest of trials. Once out of the trap, Napoleon said to his staff: 'You see how one can slip away under the very nose of the enemy.' Napoleon in this action not only preserved his military honor, he enhanced it.'-Carl von Clausewitz.