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A Brief History On August 2, 1798, during the French Revolutionary Wars, the French fleet supporting then General Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Egypt was defeated soundly by the British at the Battle of the Nile.  As would often continue during Napoleon’s stellar military career, the French Navy was perhaps the weakest link of Napoleon’s military might. Digging Deeper Napoleon Bonaparte was one of, if not THE, greatest military genius of all time, and in fact has had more written about him than any other mortal man in history!  The exception is Jesus Christ, arguably not considered a mortal man.  (Note:…

A Brief History On April 12, 1807, the so called Froberg Mutiny came to a spectacular end on the island of Malta when the mutineers blew up the powder magazine.  A person calling himself Count Froberg from Germany (really a Frenchman named Gustave de Montjoie, a Royalist and a foe of Napoleonic regime in France) was granted the right to raise a regiment to be stationed at Fort Ricasoli on Malta.  The faux Count went about a most irregular way of recruiting his regiment, tapping men from Germany, Wallachia, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Russia, Albania, and even Christians from the Ottoman…

A Brief History On February 7, 1992, signatories from the 12 member states of the European Economic Community signed the Maastricht Treaty, so named after the city in which it was signed, Maastricht, The Netherlands, which more or less created a modern United States of Europe, though it is actually called The European Union.  The European Union, or EU, now has a total of 28 nations aligned with each other to a common purpose of open travel and trade and economic unity.  Boasting about a quarter of the entire world’s wealth, the EU is collectively the only other serious economic…

A Brief History On December 24, 1800, The “Plot of the rue Saint-Nicaise”, also known as the “Machine Infernale Plot, ” failed to kill Napoleon Bonaparte, then the First Consul of France, the de facto dictator of the French Republic.  Not the first attempt to kill Bonaparte, on October 10, 1800, another assassination plot against Napoleon called “Conspiration des Poignards” had also failed, nor would it be the last.  A man of great personal will and great charisma, Napoleon nonetheless evinced great animosity on the part of those that had previously held much of the power in France, including the…

A Brief History On July 5, 1809, the forces of the French Empire (and her allies) fought the forces of the Austrian Empire (and her allies) at Wagram, Austria, an enormous battle that cost both sides a combined 80,000 casualties and was fought between over 300,000 soldiers fielding over 1000 pieces of artillery, making it perhaps the largest battle in European history up to its time and also the bloodiest military engagement of the entire Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars thus far. Digging Deeper The Battle of Wagram was a French victory, but a costly one. Napoleon had been distracted by…

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