Military Leadership Match-up (George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte)
Since we have an American warrior in this week's match-up, I must first thank America once again for allowing me to be on the best show on TV and renewing my Engineers TN VISA for 2010-11. Being Canadian there is no question that I was schooled in American History this season and one item that truly stuck out for me about your great country is its ability to adapt and overcome adversity. George Washington epitomizes that quality, in my opinion, but will that be enough to overcome the superior technology and military training of France's Napoleon Bonaparte? Let's briefly introduce our military leaders:George Washington
dominant military leader of the United States from 1775 to 1799. Washington was born into a wealthy family that allowed him to be home schooled. Also being intelligent, physically strong, brave, and a natural leader, Washington quickly became a senior officer of the colonial forces. The experience Washington gained in early battles made him the obvious choice to lead the Continental Army and fight the British in the American Revolutionary War. Historians have given George full marks for strategy employed against the British to push them out of Boston in 1776 and forcing British captures in Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. Then after holding ground with a thinly spread and poorly equipped force until victory was finalized two years later in 1783. George wanting to prove his opposition to dictatorship and commitment to the ideology of republicanism, resigned instead of seizing power. Amazing. Personally, what amazed me most about this man was his ability to be flexible on the battlefield and while I'd love to tell the story about how he manufactured his cannon, I do believe it's well explained on the show and encompasses the type of war fighter he was… innovative.Napoleon Bonaparte
was a French military leader who is best remembered for his role in the Napoleonic wars that occurred during the first decade of the 19th
century. In 1799, Napoleon staged a coup
and five years later the French Senate proclaimed him emperor. After seizing this power and during his reign as French Emperor early in the 19th century, France under Napoleon engaged in a series of conflicts, better known as the Napoleonic Wars, involving every major European country. France secured a dominant position in continental Europe, and Napoleon maintained French influence through the formation of extensive alliances. It was as a result of these wars, and his success in them, that he is generally regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time. Hence, Napoleon's campaigns are studied at military academies throughout much of the world today. Enough said, but what was Napoleon's weakness? Watch this season's premiere episode on Wednesday, July 20 at 10pm EST/PT to find out.
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