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Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte
Weapons Cavalry Saber, 1777 Charleville Musket, 8 Pound Cannon
Origin France
Activities Conquering Europe
Service 1805-1815
Battle Status Lost vs. George Washington
Experts Mathew Cape (19th Century Weapons Expert)

Phillipe Simon (Napoleonic Historian)

 "If I had succeeded, I would have been the greatest man known to history."-Napoleon

"Napoleon really wanted to destroy you. He didn't want you to live. He didn't want to have a second battle. He starts a battle - 'he wanted to finish it.'" - Phillipe Simon, Napoleonic Historian

Napoleon Bonaparte, the bloodthirsty French Emperor whose maniacal dream was to conquer the world;

George Washington, the American hero who, against all odds, defeated the mighty British Army.

StatsEdit

  • Circa - 1805
  • Age - 37
  • Height - 5' 6"
  • Weight - 140 lbs
  • Symbol - 8 Pound Cannon (Signature Weapon)

HistoryEdit

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica (then part of France) on August 17, 1769. He rose to prominence under the French First Republic and led successful campaigns against the First and Second Coalitions arrayed against France; being praised for leading the peace negotiations against Austria. In 1799, he staged a coup d'état and installed himself as First Counsel; on May 18, 1804, the French Senate proclaimed him emperor.

Throughout the first decade of the 19th Century, Britain instigated a series of conflicts against the French Empire- known as the Napoleonic Wars- involving every major European power. After a streak of victories, France secured a dominant position in continental Europe, and Napoleon maintained the French sphere of influence through the formation of extensive alliances and the appoitment of friends and family members to rule other European nations as French client states.

In 1796, Napoleon invaded and occupied the Papal States led by Pope Pius VI. The Pope condemned the French Revolution that overthrew the Catholic monarchy and attempted to remove Catholic political influence; sometimes through repressive means. In 1798 the Pope was arrested by Napoleon for refusing to give up his power. In 1799 the Pope died in prison.

Between 1798–1801, Napoleon invaded Ottoman territories within Egypt and The Levant. The British Navy blockaded the French, leading to their defeat due to having their logistics cut off. This was one of the first major disasters for Napoleon as much of this French army was killed by disease or abandoned in the Middle East.

Between 1791 – 1804 the French slave colony of Haiti was under a slave revolt. With Napoleon relatively uninterested in maintaining overseas territory, and the English (enemies of the French at this time) funding the revolutionaries, the revolt ended with Haitian independence.

In 1803, Napoleon saw the collapse of the Haitian colony as a sign that other American territories were going to be difficult to maintain as well and thus Napoleon saw these territories as liabilities. The Louisiana Purchase allowed Napoleon to discard the Louisiana Territory to his allies the USA. This action, combined with the US-Mexico War, would begin the westward expansion of the USA that would make the USA a global superpower but also displace or slaughter millions of Native Americans.

On 12 July 1806, Napoleon created the Confederation of the Rhine; basically turning the Holy Roman Empire into a puppet-state of the French Empire. The people within the Confederation resisted French influence fiercely; to do so they began the first movements of a unified German nationalism to confirm the linguistic and cultural differences between themselves and their French occupiers. After the French Empire fell, the unification efforts created by Napoleon's puppet-state would eventually influence German Unification under Otto von Bismarck in 1871.

Between 1807–14 Napoleon fought Spain and Portugal in The Peninsular War. The initial cause for the war was Napoleon retaliating against Portugal for refusing to embargo Great Britain. The Spanish monarchy was replaced by Napoleon's brother: Jose Bonaparte. The Spanish and Portuguese people were outraged and those still loyal to the previous Ferdinand VII of Spain led a guerrilla war that eventually removed French influence. However during this time the Spanish colonies were experiencing revolts; taking advantage of the chaos within the mainland. While the Spanish Empire attempted to crack down on these revolts even during Napoleonic occupation; this was the beginning of the end of the Spanish Empire. The most noticeable revolutionary was Simon Bolivar; who liberated or assisted the liberation of; Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (a nation that named itself after Bolivar).

The French invasion of Russia in 1812 marked a turning point in Napoleon's fortunes. Like Portugal, Russia refused to maintain the embargo against the UK: Napoleon saw this as reason to invade Russia. His Grande Armée was badly damaged in the campaign due to a Typhus outbreak responsible for 90% of the fatalities. In 1813, the Sixth Coalition defeat his forces at Leipzig; the following year, the Coalition invaded France, forcing Napoleon to abdicate, and exiled him to the island of Elba. Less than a year later, he escaped Elba and returned to power. The French Army defected to Napoleon, but Napoleon was still defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. Napoleon spent the last six years of his life in confinement by the British on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic (one of the most isolated islands in the world). He died on November 5, 1821 from stomach cancer, though there are rumors that he was poisoned.

WeaponsEdit

Short Range Cavalry Sabre
Medium Range 1777 Charleville Musket
Long Range 8-Pound Cannon
Tactics "Bait and Bash"

BattleEdit

RedRedRedRed Red Napoleon

BlueBlueBlueBlue Blue Washington

The battle starts with Napoleon and his soldiers coming over a hill looking above General Washington's militia. Napoleon's lieutenant hands him a telescope so that he can get a better view on their situation. Below, Washington looks up at Napoleon's small regiment just as he gives the signal for his soldiers to advance. Washington commands his men to arm up their Brown Bess Muskets and begin firing as Napoleon's lieutenant gives the order to open fire, killing one militia man.Bluedead The militiamen fire back with their muskets and kill a Frenchman. Reddead Washington then orders the militia sniper to take out Napoleon's lieutenant, shooting him off of his horse with the Pennsylvania Long Rifle. Reddead

Both teams then give the orders to prepare their cannons. Napoleon's 8 pounder is the first to fire, shooting and killing an American revolutionary as the ball blasts clean through his mid-section.Bluedead Washington then fires off his 6 pounder, decapitating a Grand Army soldier.Reddead Washington commands the cannon to be reloaded, but quickly orders his men to get down as Napoleon's men fire off another shot which cripples the cannon. Washington then gives the order to charge as he makes for his horse. Back up on the hillside, the Napoleonic cannoneer loads grapeshot into the cannon as Washington's remaining two men charge up the hill, muskets in hand. The cannoneer hurriedly slams the grapeshot into the back of the cannon as the fuse quickly burns into the cannon and dives for cover as the grapeshot rips down the hill, killing one militia man and wounding the other. Bluedead

Napoleon then mounts up on his horse as Washington rides past his fellow man, who is struggling to get to his feet. Washington rides up to the remaining cannoneer and strikes him across the neck with his Colichemarde sword, killing him instantly.Reddead Bonaparte does the same to the wounded militia man, riding past him and slicing him with his cavalry saber.Bluedead

Both men face each other down in the middle of the battlefield, swords in one hand and reins in the other. Both generals charge and clash swords, with Washington getting thrown off his horse. Washington recovers quickly and retrieves his tri-corn hat as Napoleon dismounts and rushes to confront his opponent, both saluting with their swords and assuming a fighting stance. Washington thrusts at Napoleon, who parries and counter-attacks. Washington parries and punches Napoleon across the face. Napoleon continues to attack with Washington parrying every strike until he sees an opening in Napoleon's defense. Seeing the opening, Washington thrusts his sword through the side of Napoleon's neck.Reddead He then pulls out the sword and wipes the blood from it, looking off into the horizon.

TriviaEdit

  • Napoleon first appeared in the Vlad the Impaler vs. Sun Tzu episode as one of the examples of military leaders who used Sun Tzu's tactics. Napoleon has admired and studied other strategists of the ancient world, including Hannibal and Alexander the Great.
  • Napoleon and Genghis Khan are the only left-handed warriors.
  • Napoleon was the first warrior with only 3 weapons, which most season 3 warriors would have.
  • Napoleon was mentioned in The Aftermath - Ming Warrior vs. Musketeer as an example of successful French warfare.
  • It is widely believe that the Napoleon Cannons in the 1850s were named after Napoleon I, but in reality it was named after the president of France at that time, Napoleon III (Napoleon's nephew). Still some believe that the Napoleon cannons were named after Emperor Napoleon I for his expertise in artillery warfare.
  • While Napoleon was famous for building a European empire, he also gave up Spanish and French colonies in the Americas. This allowed the early independence of many central and South American countries and the fall of the New Spain Empire. The Louisiana purchase also allowed the United States to expand westward. It is believed that Napoleon was either uninterested in these territories or wanted to move his resources and attention to Europe.
  • While Napoleon was famous for his conquests and military achievements, his political rule was also unique. Despite a totalitarian rule, Napoleon allowed many aspects of freedom and liberty introduced by the French Revolution. This political shift strongly influenced the politics of the modern day French Republic.
  • This is a link for lesser known trivia on Napoleon [1].
  • Napoleon's bicorn hat sold for $2.4 million in 2014.
  • Since Napoleon was born on Corsica, he wasn't born under a French speaking family. Even as an adult he had difficulties spelling in French.
  • After his defeat in the Battle of Leipzig 1813 The Frankfurt Proposals, Napoleon was offered the chance to stay as Emperor of France if he surrendered to the European powers. He rejected the proposal, as he would have needed to surrender some of France's territory if he agreed.
  • Napoleon allowed the Metric System to become the dominant measurement system of the world by making it the scientific standard of the nations he conquered. While some nations tried to reverse the Metric System after Napoleon's defeat; his longterm influence made the Metric System survive his empire's fall.
    • The USA is one of the few nations not to adapt the Metric System as the English Empire initially refused to be influenced by their rivals, the French, in any manner.
  • While it is true that many Napoleonic Wars were caused by Napoleon's attempts at imperialism, a majority of these wars were European powers invading France. This was because Napoleon and the French Revolution stood as anti-monarchistic symbols in a continent dominated by monarchies. The monarchs of Europe feared that revolutions similar to the French Revolution would occur if the French Republic gained popularity.
  • Charles Barbier, a captain in Napoleon's army, created night writing: a prototype of Braille. He did this to send coded messages that didn't need candlelight to be viewed.
  • The first purpose-built steam battleship in the world was named after Napoleon.

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