Napoleon Warfare Analysis

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Napoleonic Warfare Analysis The Waterloo Campaign started on June 15th, 1815 and was completed or decided on June 18th, 1815, only three days later. This battle happened to be one of the most decisive battles in Napoleon Bonaparte’s career. The defeat at Waterloo basically ended Napoleon’s rule as the emperor of the French. The battle had arose because of other countries favoring the Seventh Coalition, formed to be against the French. So the Prussian Army, lead by General Gebhard von Blucher and the Anglo-Allied Army, lead by the Duke of Wellington decided to mobilize and conduct a coordinated invasion against the French in 1815. Napoleon was definitely going to have to think of something to get him out of this one because the Prussian Army was a metaphorical machine and the Duke of Wellington’s army was just as experienced. All the western European countries mobilized together and the Seventh Coalition was attempting to defeat Napoleon. Napoleon had to use strategy to win this battle. He knew that the number of soldiers he had were greatly outnumbered by all the country’s armies that wanted to end his rule, so he had to act fast. Napoleon’s grand strategy was to destroy the existing coalition forces just south of Brussels, then pushing the British back to the ocean and hopefully knock the Prussians out of the war completely. At this time, this was a far-fetched idea, however everyone actually considered Napoleon pulling it off. Napoleon cut off communication between Wellington and his country through false intelligence and this avoided an envelopment plan that Wellington at originally planned to use on Napoleon after they traveled through Mons. When Napoleon moved towards the army of Prussians, he defeated them at the Battle of Ligny, basically baffling the troops. In the Battle of Waterloo, the first thing to occur was an ambush of British infantry attacking
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