- Military career of Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon at the Bridge of the Arcole, by Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, (ca. 1801), Louvre, Paris
Born August 15, 1769
Died 5 May 1821(aged 51)
The military career of Napoleon Bonaparte spanned over 20 years. As emperor, he led the French Armies in the Napoleonic Wars.
December 15 - Napoleon leaves Corsica for France.
January 1 - Napoleon enters religious school at Autun.
May 15 - Napoleon enters cadet school at Brienne.
September 1 - Napoleon graduates from École Militaire and is commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant of Artillery.
October 30 - Napoleon reports to first posting with the La Fère Artillery Regiment at Valence-sur-Rhône.
September 1 - Napoleon goes to Corsica on long furlough until June 1788.
June - Napoleon rejoins his regiment at Auxonne, attached to School of Artillery.
September 15 - Napoleon goes on second leave to Corsica, becomes involved in revolutionary activities and attempts to gain favour with Pasquale Paoli.
February 10 - Napoleon returns from Corsica to regimental duty at Auxonne.
April 1 - Napoleon promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
September 1 - Napoleon's third furlough to Corsica.
February 6 - Napoleon promoted to Captain (antedated).
April 1 - Napoleon is elected Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Battalion, Corsican Volunteers. Is implicated in a riot in Ajaccio.
May 28 - Napoleon returns to Paris, instead of rejoining his regiment.
September 15 - Napoleon escorts his sister, Elisa, back to Corsica.
March 3 - Napoleon breaks with Paoli, blaming the failed landing on him.
June 13 - Napoleon and his family arrive in Toulon, having been banished from Corsica by Paoli.
August 27 - Toulon handed over to the British by Royalists.
September 16 - Napoleon given command of artillery besieging Toulon.
October 18 - Napoleon promoted to Major.
December 17–19 - Successful recapture of Toulon from British and Royalists.
December 22 - Napoleon promoted to Brigadier General.
- Siege of Toulon (1793)
- 13 Vendémiaire (1795)
- Montenotte (1796)
- Second Dego (1796)
- Mondovì (1796)
- Lodi (1796)
- Lonato (1796)
- Castiglione (1796)
- Bassano (1796)
- Rovereto (1796)
- Bridge of Arcole (1796)
- Rivoli (1797)
- Mantua (1796-1797)
- Chobrakit (1798)
- Pyramids (1798)
- El Arish (1799)
- Jaffa (1799)
- Mount Tabor (1799)
- Abukir (1799)
- Marengo (1800)
- Ulm (1805)
- Austerlitz (1805)
- Jena-Auerstedt (1806)
- Poland Uprising (1806)
- Eylau (1807)
- Friedland (1807)
- Somosierra (1808)
- Teugn-Hausen (1809)
- Abensberg (1809)
- Landshut (1809)
- Eckmühl (1809)
- Wagram (1809)
- Smolensk (1812)
- Borodino (1812)
- Berezina (1812)
- Lützen (1813)
- Bautzen (1813)
- Dresden (1813)
- Hanau (1813)
- Brienne (1814)
- Champaubert (1814)
- Montmirail (1814)
- Château-Thierry (1814)
- Vauchamps (1814)
- Mormans (1814)
- Montereau (1814)
- Craonne (1814)
- Rheims (1814)
- Saint-Dizier (1814)
- Ligny (1815)
- Caldiero (1796)
- Second Bassano (1796)
- Acre (1799)
- Aspern-Essling (1809)
- Krasnoi (1812)
- Leipzig (1813)
- La Rothière (1814)
- Laon (1814)
- Waterloo (1815)
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