Similarities between Napoleon and Hitler

Oct 2010
198
London, UK
Possibly being a bit silly here, but just some similarities & coincidences I thought of today:

- Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte both rose to power during a time of a new European democratic republic and became dictators afterwards
- Both invaded the majority of Europe through a massive war/series of wars, plus campaigns in North Africa
- They attempted to invade Russia but failed; seen as a turning point ultimately leading to their downfall. Russian winter didn't help in both cases
- They were defeated by a coalition with big involvement from the British
- Before involved with politics they were corporals (ok, maybe not entirely true :lol: )
- Both were considered 'foreigners' to the nations they ruled over; Napoleon could have been Italian Corsican and Hitler was Austrian by origin

Add more and maybe we can start a new conspiracy :D

In all seriousness though, I wonder if Hitler ever studied Napoleon in depth. I was thinking about this after I watched a documentary on Stalin and how he was paranoid about even a 'corporal like Napoleon could become dictator'
 
Apr 2011
1,286
Melbourne
Von Ranke, that was perfectly done, I have to admit.

In response to the thread, however, I see the greatest difference above all overriding any of these 'similarities': the majority of French people treasure Napoleon, but you can't say the same for Germany.
 

Tuthmosis III

Ad Honorem
Oct 2011
3,738
the middle ground
Not silly at all. Desmond Seward wrote a whole book about the comparison:

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Dec 2009
19,933
Not silly at all. Desmond Seward wrote a whole book about the comparison:

Amazon.com: Napoleon And Hitler: A Comparative Biography (9780736655071): Desmond Seward: Books
An he was hardly the only one The French Fuhrer: Genocidal Napoleon was as barbaric as Hitler, historian claims | Mail Online

In a nutshell, let just say that both of them betrayed their adopted homelands and destroyed reasonably democratic regimes in the prosecution of personal dreams of universal conquest, leaving a long trail of death & pain behind them just for such megalomaniac delirious dreams.

From Herr Hitler's standpoint, any similarity was hardly just coincidence:

June 28, 1940; the Führer at the tomb of Monsieur Buonaparte.
 
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Sep 2010
3,538
Somewhere in the former First French Empire
The two have nothing in common how rediculous. Napoleon is beloved while Hitler is hated. Hitler may have seen Napoleon as example, but that proves nothing. Since Hitler was also an admirer of Frederick the Great, Wagner etc.

Furthermore:

- Napoleon rose to power in political and social chaos while Hitler rose when Germany already began stabelizing.
- Hitler may have invaded most countries around them without reason, but Napoleon only undertook his campaigns because it were the Austrians, Prussian etc who declared war on him.
- Well they succeeded to invade Russia, the Russian just didn't gave up. Furthermore Napoleon succeeded in something Hitler didn't; taking Moscow.
- Napoleon was never a corperal, but a lieutenant 2nd class in the La Fère regiment.
- At Napoleon's birth Corsica was already annexed by France and Napoleon was a French citizen. Hitler did not have that citizenship.

It's really anoying when people sometimes try to compare these two man. A man who is pure evil and a heroic French ruler.
 
Dec 2009
19,933
It's clear that something that both treacherous megalomaniac universal conqueror wannabes doesn't have in common are some fans :) :) :cool:
 
Sep 2010
3,538
Somewhere in the former First French Empire
An he was hardly the only one The French Fuhrer: Genocidal Napoleon was as barbaric as Hitler, historian claims | Mail Online

In a nutshell, let just say that both of them betrayed their adopted homelands and destroyed reasonably democratic regimes in the prosecution of personal dreams of universal conquest, leaving a long trail of death & pain behind them just for such megalomaniac delirious dreams.

From Herr Hitler's standpoint, any similarity was hardly just coincidence:

June 28, 1940; the Führer at the tomb of Monsieur Buonaparte.
Claude Ribbon is a fraud Sylla. Their is almost no one who agrees with his theories and the sulfar theory is disproven. To base your opinion on one historian isn't very helpful.

Napoleon betrayed his homeland? Napoleon fighting democracies? Napoleon only fighting for his personal dreams. Come on Sylla be realistic.
 
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