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  • On This Day in 1797 the French Invaded Wales - and the World Should Know What Happened Next

    02/22/2018 10:25:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 22 FEB 2018 | David Williamson
    France is loaning the UK the Bayeux Tapestry. Would they appreciate our depiction of the Battle of Fishguard?It was on this day in 1797 that French troops landed near Fishguard in the last invasion of mainland Britain. We have our equivalent of the Bayeux tapestry in Fishguard which records the drama in glorious detail. French President Emmanuel Macron last month set off public relations fireworks with his pledge to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK. It was a diplomatic masterstroke, allowing the Gallic wunderkind to appear generous and magnanimous without making any rash promises about future Brexit deals. The...
  • Napoleon was the Best General Ever, and the Math Proves it.

    01/05/2018 9:50:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 191 replies
    Towards Data Science ^ | December 4. 2017 | Ethan Arsht
    Like Hannibal, I wanted to rank powerful leaders in the history of warfare. Unlike Hannibal, I sought to use data to determine a general’s abilities, rather than specific accounts of generals’ achievements. The result is a system for ranking every prominent commander in military history.
  • George Washington resigns his Commission . December 23, 1783

    12/22/2017 11:44:31 PM PST · by Nateman · 35 replies
    Free Republic ^ | dec 23 2017 | Nateman
    Today is the anniversary of a day all but forgotten. On this day , Dec 23 1783 , Washington resigned his commission. It would be as if Alexander the Great simply walked from his empire after having won everything.  "They wanted me to be another Washington," said the defeated Napoleon. King George III of England said "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.". To find a similar example one has to go all the way to 458 BC. Lucius Quintus Cincinnati after his victory as Rome’s emergency dictator simply went back to his farm. As Good as...
  • Long-lost Rodin bust of Napoleon found in New Jersey

    10/13/2017 6:33:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A multi-million-dollar Rodin bust of Napoleon was discovered hiding in plain sight — inside a New Jersey borough hall, officials said Friday. The 1908 sculpture by the French artist Auguste Rodin, which art experts lost track of in the 1930s, was found in a corner of Morris County borough hall in Madison, city officials and art experts said. It had been sitting there for nearly 85 years, Madison Mayor Robert Conley told The Post.
  • The Authoritarian Impulse: Getting What We Really Don’t Want

    04/12/2017 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 19 replies
    Fred On Everything ^ | April 6. 2017 | Fred Reed
    As a society crumbles, as bitter divisions grow and disorder spreads and nothing seems to work, anger comes and people begin to want a man who will say “Enough!” and slap down the malefactors–by any means necessary. A man who will make the trains run on time. A man who will make it safe to walk in the parks. This is the authoritarian impulse. As corruption grows, as a coagulated government fails to function, the temptation comes. It is coming. Recently I read that in Brazil some thirty men gang-raped a young woman, left her emotionally devastated, bleeding, with a...
  • Veteran Napoleonic officers posing in their elaborate uniforms in extraordinary remastered [tr]

    01/27/2017 7:17:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2017 | Gareth Davies
    The last surviving photographs of the veterans who formed part of Napoleon Bonaparteís famous Grande Armée and fought in the Napoleonic wars have been revealed in full remastered colour. The expertly colourised historic images inject exciting new life into the 159-year-old monochrome originals, transforming them from a dreary black and white into a vibrant work of art which shows off every intricate detail of the men's uniforms, from their medals, swords right down to their shoes.
  • The Vendee Massacre: Europe's forgotten Shoah

    06/15/2016 4:51:27 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 37 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mainestategop
    An awesome documentary on the Vendee uprising and the massacre of catholics in France in the French Revolution The Vendee is a taboo in France. It is nearly forgotten but thankfully isn't. In 1793, after the execution of Louis XVI, Catholic Farmers in the Vendee region of France revolted against the newly formed godless republic headed by Robbspierre. The response by the newly created republic was monstrous. Over Half a milllion people, men women children and elderly were put to death by the government for opposing it and for promoting Catholic faith. Very few acknowledged its existence, John Paul II...
  • On the Fritz: Rethinking Frederick the Great

    04/29/2016 9:22:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    National Interest ^ | April 28, 2016 | William Anthony Hay
    Tim Blanning, Frederick the Great: King of Prussia (New York: Random House, 2016), 688 pp., $35.00. NAPOLEON SWIFTLY conquered Prussia in October 1806, inflicting crushing defeats at Jena and Auerstedt that humbled a realm long known for its military tradition. A bulletin announcing news of the two battles described them as expunging the fifty-year stain left by Frederick the Great’s victory over a French army at Rossbach in 1757. When he visited Frederick the Great’s tomb with a group of his generals, Napoleon purportedly instructed them, “hats off gentlemen, if he were alive we wouldn’t be here today.”
  • Anyone Familiar Books of Dr. Anthony Napoleon?

    03/28/2016 6:45:58 AM PDT · by stayathomemom · 12 replies
    none | None
    I have been following Dr. Anthony Napoleon @Napoleonlegal on Twitter. He is a forensic psychologist and author of a few books, one of which I am currently reading called Shadow Men. It's a very interesting read about those who really have been pulling the strings throughout history. I was just curious if any other Freepers out there have stumbled upon him. His tweets are interesting and thought provoking. Maybe worth a "follow".
  • Today in History for October 19th

    10/19/2015 7:31:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Nancy Lyons
    Highlights of this day in history: British surrender at Yorktown decides American Revolution; Stock market crash hits Wall Street in late 1980s; Napoleon's forces begin retreat from Moscow; Concorde makes first landing in New York. (Oct. 19)
  • New Study Identifies Louse-Borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army

    12/15/2005 5:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 738+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-15-2005
    : Infectious Diseases Society of America Date: 2005-12-15 New Study Identifies Louse-borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleon’s disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, identifies the specific species of louse-borne pathogens that were a major cause of death among the remains of the retreating army. Napoleon marched into Russia in the summer...
  • Obama: Muslim, Napoleon Bonaparte redux or worse

    07/05/2015 12:36:36 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 5, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Napoleon sometimes claimed to be a Muslim. Obama often claims to be a Christian. Napoleon sought, and Obama seeks, power and glory through pretense. Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon's life and history are summarized at Wikipedia. He supported the French Revolution and was appointed General of the Army of Italy at the age of twenty-five. Three years later, he commanded an expedition against Egypt. This post compares his and Obama's religious and political efforts to gain the confidence of Muslims. The lengthy quotations provided in this section of the post are from Worlds at War - the 2,500 year struggle between East and West, 2008, by Anthony Pagden. While en route to...
  • How 400 Germans Won the Battle of Waterloo

    06/23/2015 10:34:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Jun 2015
    On June 18th, 1815, 400 Hanoverian soldiers were the only thing standing between defeat and victory for the alliance against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.In 1811, Napoleon's empire and its allies had over 44 million subjects and covered most of Europe. But after being defeated in 1813 and 1814 by the Sixth Coalition, which included Austria, Prussia, Russia, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and other German states, Napoleon was forced to abdicate and exiled to the island of Elba. The First French Empire was dissolved, and the Bourbon monarchy restored, but in February 1815 Napoleon escaped from his exile and...
  • At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

    06/20/2015 9:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | Eleanor Beardsley
    Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers. French lawyer Franck Samson, dressed as Napoleon, takes part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Ligny in central Belgium on June 14. The re-enactment of Ligny, Napoleon's last victory, is part of bicentenary celebrations of the Battle of Waterloo. PARALLELS 200...
  • Wellington's mud-streaked Waterloo battle cloak up for auction

    06/18/2015 9:37:54 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 17, 2015
    A plain dark cloak still streaked with mud from the battle of Waterloo – which the Duke of Wellington is said to have draped around the shoulders of Lady Caroline Lamb when he was one of the most famous, and she one of the most infamous people in Europe – is to be sold for the first time in 200 years. The victor of Waterloo and the tempestuous aristocrat, who was once served up naked in a silver dish at a dinner, had a brief fling in Brussels in the weeks after the battle on 18 June 1815 which changed...
  • Most Britons have no idea about Waterloo

    04/25/2015 9:39:10 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 99 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 20 Apr 2015 08:51 GMT+02:00
    With the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo just two months away a survey in Britain has revealed that most ofthe public know little about it and some even think it's just an Abba song, while many thought the French actually won. A survey of Britons published in the build-up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo found three-quarters knew little or nothing about it -- while many thought France won. The poll of 2,070 people for the National Army Museum found 73 percent either knew nothing or next to nothing about the battle, one of...
  • Waterloo 200: Charles Ewart, the “Most Illustrious Grey”

    04/04/2015 1:02:07 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Waterloo 200 ^ | 4th April 2015 | Owen Davis
    'In 1936 the mortal remains of Ensign Ewart were discovered under a builders’ yard in Salford, it would take another two years for his remains to be reinterred in 1938 on Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade at a grand ceremony to which the descendants of Ewart’s family were invited along with many other dignitaries and honoured guests. There is a longstanding tradition in my family that my great-great-aunt was invited, as a descendant of Ensign Ewart, to attend the re-internment. Indeed it is no coincidence that the family maintained a tradition of carrying on the name of Ewart, which was exemplified by...
  • Ministers refuse to mark Waterloo: Campaigners say Government do not want to offend France

    06/13/2013 7:42:48 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 44 replies
    Dail;yMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Ian Drury
    Tt is often regarded as the British Army’s greatest military victory. Led into battle by the Duke of Wellington, UK troops routed Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, a triumph ushering in almost a century of peace and stability in Europe. But the Government is refusing to mark the battle’s 200th anniversary in 2015 amid suspicions it does not want to offend France. SNIP Brussels is spending at least £20million on commemorative events, including restoring the battlefield. SNIP James Morrow, secretary of Waterloo 200, ...said he was ‘disappointed’. SNIP ‘The Belgian government has spent millions on events to commemorate the...
  • Today's Coffee and Markets--David Pietrusza talks 200th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo

    06/18/2015 9:34:15 AM PDT · by statestreet · 7 replies
    Coffee and Markets ^ | June 15, 2015 | Brad Jackson
    On today's "Coffee and Markets" podcast historian David Pietrusza discusses the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo with host Brad Jackson.
  • Waterloo and the End of Napoleonic War

    06/18/2015 6:24:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 18, 2015 | James A. Warren
    The Duke of Wellington famously described his first and last battlefield confrontation with Napoleon as a “the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.” He was referring, of course, to the Battle of Waterloo, a bloody, furious one-day engagement in and around a village in northern Belgium of that name, fought 200 years ago today between France’s Army of the North and an allied army of British, Prussian, and Dutch troops under Wellington’s overall command.