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Napoleons military knowledge Napoleon Bonaparte is regarded as one of the greatest military master minds in the history of mankind He was the second born of eight children of Carlo Bonaparte an Italian lawyer who fought for Corsican independence Carlo Bonaparte later served as a prosecutor and a judge for the French Nobility Through his fathers influence Napoleon was educated at the expense of King Louis XVI in Paris Napoleon graduated in 1785 at the age of 16 and joined the artillery as a second lieutenant After the Revolution began he became a lieutenant colonel In 1793 however Corsica declared independence and Bonaparte a French patriot and a Republican fled to France with his family He was assigned as a captain to an army besieging Toulon a naval base that aided by a British fleet was in revolt against the republic Replacing wounded artillery general he seized ground where his guns could drive the British fleet from the harbor and the port fell As a result Napoleon was promoted to brigadier general at the age of 24 In 1795 he saved the revolutionary government by dispersing an insurgent mob in Paris Also in 1796 Napoleon was made commander of the French army in Italy He defeated four Austrian generals each with superior numbers and forced Austria and its allies to make peace In northern Italy he founded the Cisalpine Republic later known as Italy and strengthened his position in France by sending millions of francs worth of treasure to the government In 1798 to strike at British trade with the East he led an expedition to Turkish-ruled Egypt which he conquered The British admiral Horatio Nelson leaving him stranded however destroyed his fleet Undaunted he reformed the Egyptian government and law abolishing serfdom and feudalism and guaranteeing
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