Some sections are often left out of abridged versions, especially Books Five, Six, and Seven, allegedly because they are tactical in nature and thus obsolete.
The ancestors of Napoleon descended from minor Italian nobility of Tuscan origin who had come to Corsica from Liguria in the 16th century. Napoleon was born there on 15 Augusttheir fourth child and third son. A boy and girl were born first but died in infancy.
Napoleon was baptised as a Catholic.
The nationalist Corsican leader Pasquale Paoli ; portrait by Richard CoswayNapoleon was born the same year the Republic of Genoaa former commune of Italy transferred Corsica to France.
An examiner observed that Napoleon "has always been distinguished for his application in mathematics. He is fairly well acquainted with history and geography This boy would make an excellent sailor". At this time, he was a fervent Corsican nationalistand wrote to Corsican leader Pasquale Paoli in May"As the nation was perishing I was born.
Thirty thousand Frenchmen were vomited on to our shores, drowning the throne of liberty in waves of blood. Such was the odious sight which was the first to strike me". He was a supporter of the republican Jacobin movement, organising clubs in Corsica,  and was given command over a battalion of volunteers.
He was promoted to captain in the regular army in Julydespite exceeding his leave of absence and leading a riot against French troops.
With the help of his fellow Corsican Antoine Christophe SalicetiBonaparte was appointed artillery commander of the republican forces at the Siege of Toulon.
The assault on the position led to the capture of the city, but during it Bonaparte was wounded in the thigh. He was promoted to brigadier general at the age of Augustin Robespierre and Saliceti were ready to listen to the freshly promoted artillery general.
From Ormea, they headed west to outflank the Austro-Sardinian positions around Saorge. According to Bourrienne, jealousy was responsible, between the Army of the Alps and the Army of Italy with whom Napoleon was seconded at the time.
He also took part in an expedition to take back Corsica from the British, but the French were repulsed by the British Royal Navy. As an infantry command, it was a demotion from artillery general—for which the army already had a full quota—and he pleaded poor health to avoid the posting.
He faced a difficult financial situation and reduced career prospects. Bonaparte was promoted to Commander of the Interior and given command of the Army of Italy. The couple married on 9 March in a civil ceremony.
He immediately went on the offensive, hoping to defeat the forces of Piedmont before their Austrian allies could intervene. In a series of rapid victories during the Montenotte Campaignhe knocked Piedmont out of the war in two weeks.
The French then focused on the Austrians for the remainder of the war, the highlight of which became the protracted struggle for Mantua. The Austrians launched a series of offensives against the French to break the siege, but Napoleon defeated every relief effort, scoring victories at the battles of CastiglioneBassanoArcoleand Rivoli.
The decisive French triumph at Rivoli in January led to the collapse of the Austrian position in Italy. At Rivoli, the Austrians lost up to 14, men while the French lost about 5, In the first encounter between the two commanders, Napoleon pushed back his opponent and advanced deep into Austrian territory after winning at the Battle of Tarvis in March Bonaparte marched on Venice and forced its surrender, ending 1, years of independence.
He also authorized the French to loot treasures such as the Horses of Saint Mark. He stated later in life: Look at Caesar; he fought the first like the last". If he could not use his favourite envelopment strategyhe would take up the central position and attack two co-operating forces at their hinge, swing round to fight one until it fled, then turn to face the other.
He founded two newspapers: This left Barras and his Republican allies in control again but dependent on Bonaparte, who proceeded to peace negotiations with Austria. His Egyptian expedition included a group of scientists, with mathematicians, naturalists, chemists, and geodesists among them.
Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim surrendered after token resistance, and Bonaparte captured an important naval base with the loss of only three men.
Twenty-nine French  and approximately 2, Egyptians were killed. The victory boosted the morale of the French army.
Bonaparte led these 13, French soldiers in the conquest of the coastal towns of ArishGazaJaffaand Haifa. Bonaparte discovered that many of the defenders were former prisoners of war, ostensibly on paroleso he ordered the garrison and 1, prisoners to be executed by bayonet or drowning to save bullets.A Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability of the Bible through archaeological and biblical research.
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Waterloo has since become a byword for a final crushing.