Early yearsNapoleon Bonaparte is born in Ajaccio, Corsica on August 15, 1769In 1784, Napoleon enters the Brienne military school at the age of nine.In 1785, Napoleon graduates in one year from a two year program with the rank of second lieutenant in the Artillery
Napoleon’s rise1796: Named commander of Frenchforces in Italy.1798: Conquerd Ottoman forces inEgypt.1800: Defeat Austrians at Marengo.Napoleon was a very inept generalthat had the respect of those hecommanded. He was feared just asmuch as he was loved.
Napoleon Crossing the Alps“An Army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions”
1802: He made himselffirst counsel.1804: Makes himselfemperor.1805: Battle of Austerlitz.1808: Peninsular wars.1812: Invades Russia.
Exiled to Elba in 1814. During his nine-month stay he declared himself emperor of the island and set about building roads, passing lawsand redesigning his residences.
News of Napoleon’s return createdquite a stir in Europe. Napoleon’senemies declared him an outlaw andreadied themselves for war.Napoleon and his troops weregreatly outnumbered and defeat wasimminent. Waterloo lasted less than12 hours on a Sunday afternoon.The French were no match for theBritish and Prussian forces.