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  At Waterloo, Napoleon was ill. He had gout, dysuria, and hemorrhoids. His back hurt atop the horse, but he needed to be seen by commanders and he needed to be vertically high enough to see the battlefield unfolding before him. When this most famous battlefield was over, he evacuated as another almost anonymous soldier […]

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Napoleon and the Mameluks

by Daniel Russ on April 12, 2018

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May 19th, 1798, 16,000 seamen, 38,000 combat troops, all packed on 13 ships of the line, 42 frigates, 160 support ships, and none of them know where the Hell they are headed. It was his fiercely charismatic personality that made this possible in the age of Napoleon.  Most people would wonder why the secrecy. How […]

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This Halloween, Enjoy This Ship Made From Human Bones.

October 31, 2012
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Ship Made From Human Bones       Ship Made From Human Bones     Ship Made From Human Bones Given that the French and English warred with each other for centuries it’s a little surprising to hear that French prisoners during the Napoleonic wars were treated fairly well. Many of these prisoners were held […]

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Battlefield Part II.

September 6, 2011

Getting to the battlefield cost Napoleon one of his biggest defeats. La Grande Armee marched into Moscow with 450,000 men and returned across the Brezhina River with 40,000. Much of the death was simply the Russian winter. The serfs the French mistreated on the way in destroyed most of his army in the way out. Napoleon was literally run out of the country on his horseback. His men starved or succumbed to pneumonia or typhoid. The cost to American troops of just getting to the battlefield was also rather high. They don’t make movies about the troop transports that slipped beneath the waves in rough seas. They don’t talk about a wooden glider that crashes and killed every raw recruit aboard. But this happens. The price of war is not paid in dollars. The price of war is death.

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