How Napoleon Has Been Depicted as a Wartime General?

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How Napoleon has been depicted as Wartime General? If we consider why after two centuries after his death, we are still so interested in Napoleon Bonaparte’s achievements and in his equally great downfall part of the answer lies in his personality and character in which enabled him to seize Paris. Napoleons skillful leadership helped to crush rebellions within France and also greatly expand the territories of France; including a surprising victory over the more powerful Austrian army. After reading Napoleons memories edited by Somereset De Chair I got to grips with what Napoleon felt about himself and how he had matured and changed throughout his life after being a normal officer to a hero to the French. The opening line of the book it says ‘I have commended my memories with the siege of Toulon, I did not consider my actions previous to that date as belonging to history’ He goes on to say that it is the people and what their opinions on the matter which make and change the history before the time of the siege of Toulon. During further reading I discovered that after the signing the treaty of Paris by Henry a new statue of Napoleon was put up for the French citizens to see, during this time Napoleon was seen as a captivating idol. A key judgment for any general is to understand what his army is capable of doing, and what is beyond its abilities. In the early years, Napoleon’s Grande Armée was the most capable battlefield force in the world; Napoleon could demand attainment of endurance, sacrifice and complexity beyond those of his opponents, but the quality later of performances declined as casualties took their toll on the troops and on his marshals. Napoleon is a contradictory character. On the one hand historians understand his quick succession and his glory on the other they notice his big mistake, his fatal floor, Russia. During a documentary I
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