Napoleon Bonaparte was possibly Frances greatest military mind ever. He was promoted through the ranks by hard
work, dedication and his ability to think quickly. He eventually worked his way up to become the Emperor of
Napoleon was born on August 15, in the year of 1769. He was born at Ajaccio, Corsica. This was a small island off
the coast of North Africa. Napoleon's parents Letizia and Carlo Bonaparte reserved Napoleon a spot at a French
military school, and when Napoleon became old enough his parents sent him away to the school which was in
Brienne France. Napoleon was not well excepted by the other students at the school. They felt he was a foreigner
and Napoleon became a loner devoting all of his time to his studies. After Napoleon's graduation he continued his
military schooling by going on to attend the Cole Military Academy in Paris. Napoleon spent one year there before
he was assigned to an infantry unit as a second lieutenant. His unit did not see much action in its fist few years, but
Napoleon still managed to show his leadership qualities.
In 1789 the French Revolution began. Napoleon look forward to the revolution, and supported it. In 1793 at the
siege of Toulon, loyalist leaders and British troops clashed in fearsome battle. Napoleon fought heroically and the
British were driven out. As Napoleon's reward he was given a promotion to general and his own infantry unit.
Ufortunitly Napoleon ran into some bad luck, the leader of the French Revolution Maximilien Robespierre became
power hungry and lost control. His own men mutinized against him and executed him. Bonapart was also captured
and briefly imprisoned because he was a member of Robspierre's faction. Napoleon was freed just two months later.
In 1795 a revolt began in Paris over a new constitution that was presented by the National Convention, the National
Convention was name the of the new government that had taken power in France. Napoleon received orders from
Frances military leader to defend the convention, and control the situation. Upon his arrival Napoleon realized that
the crowd had turned into an ugly mob. Napoleon was able to take control of the situation, disperse the mob and
restore peace. Paul Barras who was in control of the French military was so impressed with Napoleon he promoted
him to commander.
Napoleons next duty was to carry out a series of operations in Italy that would ideally divide and conquer the
Sardinian and Austrian armies in Italy. Napoleons plan was to divide the opposing force into two parts. He would
then throw his force at one half before the other half had time to rejoin them. Using this tactic Napoleon destroyed
the Sardinian armies. Napoleon could not be stopped. The King of Sardinia started talking of peace but Napoleon
did not listen, he continued his path of terror and completely wiped out the Sardinians. Now Napoleon was
determined to defeat the Austrians.
Napoleon first attacked a large Austrian army in...