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         13 Vendémiaire (5 October, 1795): A Republican detachment under newly-promoted General Bonaparte confronts a large force of Royalist insurgents in the vicinity of l’Église de Saint-Roch, where a two-hour battle leaves some 300 insurgents dead, many cut down by artillery firing grape-shot.

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         The Egyptian Campaign (1798-99): Despite its ultimate failure to secure French control of Egypt, the campaign enhances General Bonaparte’s reputation as a visionary leader, and his all-but-miraculous return to France during a critical moment leads to the coup d’etat of 19 Brumaire.

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        Battle of Austerlitz (2 December 1805): Bearing the title Emperor of the French, Napoleon leads the newly-formed Grande Armee against the combined forces of Austria and Russia in what many consider his greatest military exploit. 

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        Return from Elba (March 1815): Sent into exile in the aftermath of the disastrous Russian Campaign, Napoleon escapes his island prison and marches north from Cannes with a small force of loyal adherents. Opposed by a garrison force under Marshal Ney near Grenoble, he reestablishes his personal rapport with the soldiery (Ney included) and continues to Paris, emperor once more. 

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         Waterloo, opening dispositions: Heavy rains of the previous day leave the battlefield sodden, forcing both commanders to await drier conditions. Having driven the Prussians from the field of Ligny two days earlier, Napoleon faces a final obstacle in a combined Anglo-Dutch army under the Duke of Wellington

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         Attack of the Scots Greys: Following the repulse of entire French infantry corps (Derlon’s), a brigade of English cavalry under William Ponsonby disperses the retreating enemy and continues across the battlefield to the vicinity of a large collection of French artillery. A counter-charge chases them off amid much slaughter.

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         Attack of the French cavalry: Interpreting an Allied shift as a general retreat, Marshal Ney orders the cavalry forward en masse. In response, the Allies form squares and successfully withstand a massive assault on their position on Mont-St.-Jean.

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         Final fury: After some seven hours of continuous battle, the fall of the central farm complex at La Haye Sainte presages a French victory, and Napoleon commits his last reserve to drive the Allies from Mont St. Jean. The last-minute arrival of the Prussian army, recovered from its recent defeat at Ligny, changes everything.