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Napoleon (Birth-Major General)

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This episode features an overview of the French Revolution, followed by Napoleon's teenage years as a member of the Brienne Military College and the Ecole Militaire Elite School in France. After his school years, Napoleon became a captain but soon became a general after he reclaimed the French city of Toulon and saved the government from 30,000 armed insurrectionists.

For more information, read:

Military History Magazine (February 2002): Napoleon’s Haitian Guerilla War
Military History Magazine (August 1999): Final French Triumph in Egypt
Military History Magazine (December 2005): Austerlitz
Military History Magazine (October 2005): Nelson at Trafalgar
Armchair General Magazine (July 2005)
The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes by Max Hastings
Extreme War by Terrence Poulos
The Guinness Book of Military Blunders by Geoffrey Regan
Dictionary of Battles by David Chandler
World Book (1992): Napoleon

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