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Napoleons christening name was Italian Napoleon Bonaparte He was born on the island of Corsica one year after it became French property As a boy Napoleon hated the French Still he attended the Paris Military Academy and became a French lieutenant at age 16 Napoleon was in Paris during the French revolution and when France became a Republic on 10 August 1792 he was promoted to the rank of Captain After defeating the Italian armies in 1796 and the Austrians in 1797 he was made General In November 1799 he overthrew the French Directory to become First Consul of the government He called himself Napoleon I In 1804 12 years after the monarchy was disposed of in the French Revolution Napoleon secured a vote to change France from a consulate to an empire Napoleon became Emperor of France In Napoleons life he was in many battles and one of his greatest victories was the battle of Austerlitz It took place near the village of Austerlitz which is now Slavkov Czech Republic on December 2 1805 between a French army of about 73200 men and 139 artillery pieces and an Austro-Russian army of about 85400 men and 278 artillery pieces It is sometimes called the Battle of the Three Emperors because Napoleon Francis I of Austria and Alexander I of Russia were all part of this battle Napoleon won this battle by out smarting Austro-Russian army by Tricking his opponents into thinking he was weaker than he actually was and then calling in nearby reinforcements Austerlitz was the battle that established Napoleons reputation a classic example of the generals masterly use of deception to lure his enemy into a carefully devised trapDavid G Chandler After much hard fighting the French crushed the Allies Thousands of fleeing troops drowned when a frozen lake split under the weight of men and guns French losses amounted to 8000 while the Russian and Austrian emperors
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