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Napoleon Bonaparte and Arthur Duke of Wellington The careers of Napoleon Bonaparte and Arthur Wellesley 1st duke of Wellington contrasted in many different ways The manner in which both rose to glory was quite dissimilar Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica on August 15 1769 and was thought to be the most formidable military commander since Alexander the great He was a bright charismatic child of noble background As a boy he was described as good willed and generous At nine through his fathers influence Napoleon went off to military school in Paris at the expense of King Louis XVI It was here that it was discovered that he had and amazing brain capacity and was considered a genius yet nobody could imagine his success and all of the dead bodies he left in his wake for the sake of peace Wellesley on the other hand was born on May 1 1769 in Dublin and was also of noble background As an adult Wellesley would rise to rule the British empire but as a schoolboy his future looked grim and lacked the genius that Napoleon possessed His situation became so desperate that he was sent to military school where his metamorphosis was astonishing He found that he enjoyed the army and needed it to establish a career in life He was given the title 1st Duke of Wellington due to his military successes In school Napoleon was always the leader and could always win at games due to his strategies and his impeccability at outwitting the other team He was attracted to the military for a number of reasons and he had secret weapons such as his extraordinary intelligence The military schools of Napoleon and Wellesley never engaged in competition so they never met Napoleon graduated military school in 1785 at the age of 16 and joined the artillery as a second lieutenant He studied firepower and trained in the artillery which would help
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