Questions tagged [napoleonic-wars]

Questions about a series of wars from 1803 to 1815 between the First French Empire and opposing (mostly European) coalitions.

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Did the famous French privateer Surcouf really drop that epic zinger on an anonymous British officer?

It is said that when a British captive officer taunted Surcouf with the words "You French fight for money while we fight for honour", Surcouf replied "Each of us fights for what he ...
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Is this really “Napoleon’s March”?

The Chabad/Lubavitch Jewish group have a tradition that this song originated as a military march played by Napoleon’s armies as they invaded Russia: http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/...
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Are these two images of Juan Diez Porlier or Francisco Espoz y Mina?

This sketch and this miniature clearly derived from it occur on the web in several places as both an image of Francisco Espoz y Mina and Juan Diaz Porlier. Both were well known and recognized ...
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What were the names of the weapon manufacturers in France in the late 1700's

What were the names of the companies that manufactured hand weapons in France in the late 1700's and who were the most productive.
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"Napoleon suppressed independent banks" vs. "Monte dei Paschi di Siena"

Wikipedia's article about Bank of Saint George states that: After Napoleon invaded Italy, he suppressed independent banks, and this led to the Bank's closure in 1805. However Monte dei Paschi di ...
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What is the context for these Napoleonic(?) sketches?

I'd be interested to know if anyone can put the pictures in this frame into a context. They were found in the eaves of my late father-in-law's house on Cornwall when the house was being cleared two ...
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Where exactly were the British occupations in the Egypt Campaign?

Wikipedia says that Murad Bey would accept the British occupations in Alexandria Damietta and Rosetta. Murad had reportedly offered money to the French forces to leave Egypt and offered to ally ...
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Why did General Dupont surrender in the Battle of Bailén?

General Dupont's had, from my inexpert view, quite a superior army when he fought the Spanish forces at the Battle of Bailén. This battle was in fact the first defeat in open field of the Napoleonic ...
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When was the first instance of Generals Morand, Friant & Gudin being referred to as "The Immortals"?

Generals de Division Morand, Friant, and Gudin were at times referred to as "The Immortals", as noted in the thesis Marshal Louis N. Davout and the Art of Command by Major John M. Keefe (1994)(pp36, ...
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British occupations in Europe during the Napoleonic wars

It's hard to find information about the British occupations in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars, specially after 1812. Were Belgium, Mallorca, Sicily and/or Sardinia occupied by the British? I ...
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Where can I find the diplomatic relationships of the nations in the Sixth Coalition?

On this page I can see which side each nation was on, but it does not mean that each country was in war with all the nations on the other site. Let me give an example: Denmark-Norway was allied with ...
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