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Rights: Public domain - worldwide Published 17 September 2009, Updated 5 June 2018 Size: 280 KB Referencing Hub media

Tin below 0 °C changes to grey tin, which is soft and crumbly. There have been theories that the tin buttons on the tunics of Napoleon’s soldiers crumbled in the cold weather and this contributed to their death. Today this is almost wholly accepted as myth due to the lack of any evidence.

Painting by Adolph Norton (1828-1876).