Napoleon Bonaparte Strengths And Weaknesses

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Napoleon Bonaparte was born on a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, to a family of minor nobility. Although he did not belong within the French military, Napoleon believed that he was simply destined for grandeur accomplishments. He was incredibly ambitious, courageous, and possessed no fear. Throughout his entire life, Bonaparte lived life with a chip on his shoulder. As a result, he became the greatest soldier France had ever seen. Each powerful leader has their strengths, weaknesses, and downfalls. Napoleon was not exempt, his strengths and weaknesses were evident, and even the greatest soldier in France’s history was not immune to a catastrophic downfall. From a young age, Napoleon took an interest in politics and militant tactics.…show more content…
Throughout Napoleon’s career, one can argue he had two downfalls. The first was his defeat at the Battle of Leipzig, and the second his utter destruction at the Battle of Waterloo. After having his supplies and food fully destroyed while attempting to invade Russia, Napoleon began the march back to France. However, while traveling through Leipzig, Napoleon’s army was attacked by the alliance of Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sweden. Never before had he suffered such a devastating loss. Following the loss, and Napoleon’s rejection of a peace treaty; the French people turned on Napoleon. Soon he was exiled to the island of Elba. A year later, he rose again and regained control of France for one-hundred days. Finally, he faced his ultimate demise, the Battle of Waterloo. As he approached the massive opposing military that stood in front of him, Napoleon knew he had only one option, which was to run his army straight through the middle of the army to divide the opposing force. However, his planned backfired, and the enemy surrounded Napoleon. At the end of the battle, Napoleon lost his title of Emperor, was exiled to the island of Saint Helena, and died approximately six years
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