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II - Hortense and Louis

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 02:21 AM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 02:39 AM by Josefa

While Napoleon's first attempt at arranging a political marriage in retrospect can be seen as somewhat successful (particularly by the husband who owed his life to it), the second should have made Napoleon turn away from that business forever. This will be a story about Hortense Beauharnais, daughter of Joséphine, and Napoleon's younger brother Louis.

We have already seen that Napoleon may have had ulterior motives when marrying his aide-de-camp Lavalette to Émilie Beauharnais: Émilie...
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I - Émilie and Lavalette

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 11:24 PM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 02:17 AM by Josefa

Okay, so Napoleon was a general, a politician, a lawmaker, a member of the Académie Française even - but how about his activities as a marriage broker? Napoleon has been known to have arranged several marriages during his lifetime, and I really feel this interesting aspect of his career does not quite get the attention it deserves.

Which of course might be due to the fact that Napoleon was by far more successful in war than in matchmaking. Spanish ulcer and Russian campaign not withstanding....
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What if: Operation Sealion, summary of an exercise held in 1974.

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 05:18 AM by lordroel

What if: Operation Sealion, summary of an exercise held in 1974.


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In 1974 a major wargame conducted at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1974 was held. Its aim was find out what might have happened had Nazi Germany launched Operation Sea Lion, their planned invasion of southeast England during World War II, in September 1940. The wargame was organized by the Daily Telegraph and Dr Paddy...
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International Agreements

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 02:37 PM by Piccolo
Updated November 25th, 2016 at 10:01 AM by Piccolo

Paris Agreements (or the Paris Accords)


International conference of Marrakesh/Marrakech?

That is a city in Morrocco.
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John Gibbon and Strategy

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 07:57 PM by Viperlord (Viperlord's History Blog)

John Gibbon, a North Carolinian West Pointer who remained loyal to the Union and very ably led troops throughout the war, is one of my favorite figures of the American Civil War. He is not someone I ever talk about in relation to strategy, because he spent most of the war as a division commander, briefly attaining corps command at the end, and early on of course, forging and leading the famed Iron Brigade. Consequently, I was pleased to come across a campaign plan proposed by none other than John...
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