“Every French soldier carries in his cartridge pouch the baton of a marshal of France.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821)
Also known as Napoleon I, the Corsican or the Little Corporal, he was a French general, first consul of France (1799-1804), and emperor of the French (1804-1814/15), one of the most celebrated personages in the history of the West.
He revolutionised military organisation and training; sponsored the Napoleonic Code, the prototype of later civil-law codes; reorganised education; and established the long-lived Concordat with the papacy.
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