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Napoleon's Military
Received an excellent education at the expense of the French by attending the Ecole
Militaire in Paris. Here he trained as an artillery officer.

Warfare in the 18th century
This pressure consisted of men of firepower and most importantly , although clearly less
tangible, was superior morale.…

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Napoleon apart was the talented application of old ideas and strategies to the problems he
faced, and the bonds of loyalty and genuine admiration that he forged with his men.
Napoleon had the ability to gain the respect , confidence and loyalty of his men.
It was we ­ Napoleon…

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Some have criticised Napoleon for not giving him, rather than Ney, command because it is
unlikely that he would have made Ney's mistakes at Quatre Bras.

Lannes 1796-1809
Lannes began his life as an apprentice dyer.
He fought bravely and successfully in the Italian campaign of 1796 and in Egypt.…

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When facing the firing squad he gave the orders to fire himself.

Davout 1770-1823
Davout was of noble birth, but lacking in charm. He was a supporter of the Revolution.
He joined Napoleon in Egypt.
He corps marched 80 miles in 50 hours to arrive at Austerlitz in time to…

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Napoleon placed the cannon at strategic points on the Rue de la Convention, loaded with
grapeshot and extra powder. When then mob was at point blank range he gave the order to
The mob dispersed, no casualties to the army, in Napoleon's report he gave no number but

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Got 50 million francs in gold and silver coin or bullion:

o With the first installment received he paid his troops (better than the revolutionary
script they had been given previously as money).
o First sign of his practical leadership followed later by medals (colored ribbon) and



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Crippled Austria but gave them the ability to come back and fight.

Egypt campaign 1798-1799
Napoleon believed himself to be amongst the great leaders of the past. Alexander the
Great, Caesar both had conquered Egypt.
Disrupt trade between Britain and India.
Directory wanted Napoleon away as he was a political…

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Ordering Desaix forward again, Napoleon supported the attack by having Kellermann's
cavalry assault Lattermann's left flank.

Desaix died. Battle was won.
The Austrians gave ground and retreated into packed ranks.
Melas decided his troops were beyond effectiveness and asked Napoleon for an armistice.

Austrians gave ground.

French troops were exhilarated…

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Napoleons own uniform was that of the Imperial Guard cavalry, on campaign it was the green
coat with the red facings and gold epaulets, he always wore this same faded green coat
infront of the troops.
No new weapons were introduced.
Emphasised on organisation, discipline, morale, training, hardening and better…

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Strongest army man for man in the 1700's.
1 in 25 men we in the army.
Fredrick the Great created Prussia's reputation.
Napoleon needs to beat Prussia to show that his army is better.
Gives Prussians Hannover so they don't ally with Britain.
Prussians didn't wait for the Russians…




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