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Napoleon was a much better general than the aristocrats he defeated and had better armies, tactics and morale. At first, his armies spread the ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, noble goals and values, and the common people of Europe were originally very receptive to this message and Napoleon’s troops. Napoleon’s Civil Code was a legal improvement that Europeans valued.
Napoleon promoted officers on the basis of merit, not pedigree. He organized his Grand Army in corps of about 25,000 men each; each corps had a balanced number of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medical personnel, etc.; and each corps could fight on its own under a capable Marshal of France. Front line officers were allowed to make decisions on the spot, and did not have to wait for permission from above like France’s enemies required of their front line soldiers.
Napoleon outworked many of his opponents and was able to move troops much faster than before in Europe. He saw to every detail in office and on the battlefield, worked incredibly long hours without sleep before and during battles, and won people over as an inspiring leader. When tired, he could lie down and go to sleep while guns and artillery were firing.
Napoleon was very intelligent, well-educated in military science at a top military school, a great tactician, robust physically, charming when needed and optimistic. Napoleon knew how to pick, reward and promote good officers and administrators. He took the ideals of the French Revolution, put them to work in modified form, and understood how his forces surpassed traditional European armies. Napoleon did not interrupt his enemies when they were in the process of making a mistake.
Napoleon created an excellent intelligence network, with spies all over Europe, and generated useful propaganda. Personally, Napoleon was an artillery expert, excellent horseman, understood terrain, and was very decisive and able to make sound decisions under pressure in the fog of war
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