This scene follows the Russian retreat from Borodino. Kutozov is talking with his field marshalls. "Kutozov's face was growing more and more preoccupied and sad. From all these conversations, Kutuzov saw one thing: the defense of Moscow was in no way physically possible..."
Blood, smoke, destruction of families... -- Lola
from page 279-280, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 826-828