Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon Bonaparte is considered to be one of history’s greatest military leaders

Napoleon Bonaparte

His Rise to Fame

  • Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769 on the island of Corsica.
  • He went to a military academy in Franceand trained to become an officer in the army.
  • At the age of 24 he was promoted to Brigadier General.

What he did that was different


  • Napoleon was given command of the French army in Italy.
  • He was very organised and could move his troops quickly around the battlefield so the French would always seem to outnumber the enemy.
  • He won many important battles.
  • He returned to Paris and declared himself First Consul (dictator of France).

How it all ended

  • In 1812 he invaded Russia but many men within his army died of starvation on the way and he had to return to France.
  • The rest of Europe joined together to defeat Napoleon and he was exiled (sent away) to the island of Elba.
  • He escaped and took charge again for the Hundred Days.
  • On June 18th1815 he led his army to the famous battle of Waterloo where he was finally defeated.
  • He was exiled to Saint Helena where he died six years later.

Learning resources

Example Questions

  • Who wrote Les Miserables?

  • Where was Napoleon Bonaparte born?

  • What is buried underneath the Arc du Triomphe?

  • When did Napoleon Bonaparte die?

  • Describe Napoleon’s battle strategies.

  • Who asked for the Arc du Triomphe to be designed?

  • What happens at every year at the Arc du Triomphe?

  • When was the story Les Miserables set?

  • What is the name of the famous battle where Napoleon was finally defeated?

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