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Is Napoleon better than Wellington?

Napoleon commanded far larger armies than Wellington. His Russian force was nearly ten times larger than the largest ever commanded by Wellington. But he also lost far more men- 370,000 in the Russian campaign and 200,000 horses. Wellington fought far fewer but never lost.

What did Napoleon Think of the Duke of Wellington?

Napoleon’s opinion of Wellington Napoleon referred to Wellington as a representative of the “English oligarchy.” He blamed him for his exile to St. Helena, even though Wellington – who had spent a month on the island in 1805 – had nothing to do with the choice of that remote location.

Who was Napoleons rival?

Personal rivalry. Although Napoleon and Nelson were formidable rivals they had a begrudging respect for each other’s ambition. This feeling was intensified after the Battle of the Nile in 1798 when Nelson got his hands on some of Napoleon’s personal correspondence, which indicated his ambitions to rule France.

What did Wellington say when Napoleon died?

Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo brought to an end a remarkable career. Wellington in contrast famously said that Napoleon’s presence on the battlefield “was worth forty thousand men”. Privately he criticised his military and political rule, referring to him as ‘Buonaparte’ to emphasise his non-French origins.

Did Nelson ever meet Napoleon?

Their careers overlapped considerably during the French Revolutionary Wars (1793-1802) – Nelson as a commander in the British Navy and Napoleon as a general in the French army – though they never met in combat. Both proved to be gifted leaders and their victories in battle heightened their personal reputations.

Did the Duke of Wellington lose a battle?

Although not completely undefeated he never lost a major battle. His greatest defeat came at the siege of Burgos in 1812, where he had hoped to prevent French forces concentrating.

Did Nelson and Wellington ever meet?

The two great heroic figures of Britain’s war against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France met only once. As Horatio Nelson rose to fame in the 1790s the future Duke of Wellington – then Sir Arthur Wellesley – was serving in India.