I've now cut an additional 20,000 words since my last post from the original 116,000 word manuscript. (49,000 words cut in all). Now at 67,000 words. The goal is to get the manuscript down to a size more common to middle school level books which is around 50,000.
The end of this week is the 199th anniversary of Napoleon's invasion of Russia. On the night of June 23rd, the French engineers built three pontoon bridges across the Nieman river. The following day, the 24th, the army began to cross from Poland into Russia.