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Question: Why was Napoleon Bonaparte defeated!?
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He was defeated by the Russian winter!.

Although Napoleon ruled Europe and had many countries "allied" with him, in reality, these "allies" were willing to take up arms against him!. They didn't because they couldn't match his power!. Still, many people were waiting for Napoleon to show some sign of weakness!. Napoleon knew this and he was very careful to not show any weakness!. But Russia was bothering him because Russia was not following the Continental System that Napoleon created!. (This system simply put is all European countries should not trade with Britain) For Napoleon, this was a sign of weakness and he feared that if that continued, the restless Prussian and Austrian populations would take up arms against him again!. So he warned Czar Alexander of Russia to stop but he did not thus the invasion of Russia!.

What Napoleon wanted by invading Russia was not additional territory but a showcase of power to cower his would-be enemies in the German territories!. Hence, the size of the army which estimates vary from 450,000 to 600,000!. But upon entering Russia, the Russians simply melted away, using the scorched-earth policy!. They retreated and retreated without fighting head-on thus drawing Napoleon deeper and deeper into Russia and extending his supply lines!. When Napoleon reached Moscow, it was deserted! He had captured the capital but it didn't mean anything!. The Russians then set fire to the city while Napoleon's troops were sleeping!. The fire was put out but the psychological damage was enormous!. Still, Napoleon stayed in Moscow waiting for Alexander to sue for peace!. That did not happen!. Then the winter set in!. Realizing he could not stay there any longer because of the cold winter, lack of supplies and the chance that his other "allies" would revolt against him made him decide to retreat!.

While retreating, his army was constantly harassed!. Many died because of this and the Russian cold!. Only a fraction (fewer than 50,000) made it back alive!. As Napoleon predicted, this sign of weakness caused the entire Europe to revolt against him!. Napoleon himself rode ahead of his army in an amazing sleigh ride across Europe in 13 days just to raise a new army in France to fight his enemies!. This army was filled with inexperienced soldiers and even the experienced Napoleon couldn't lead them to victory though he did succeed in a few battles!. After Napoleon lost the Battle of Nations, the combined European armies entered France!. Napoleon abdicated but returned later!. He raised a new army but was defeated at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington!. He abdicated again and never returned!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

During the Waterloo campaign Napoleon divided his forces in an attempt to keep the Prussian and British-led Coalition troops apart following the battles of Ligny and Quatre-Bras, a large proportion of French forces, under Marshal Grouchy, followed the Prussians but did not manage to catch them and took no part in the final battle at Waterloo!.

During the battle the British and their allies took up a position (that had been previously picked out by Wellington) and allowed the French to attack them, holding them until the arrival of the Prussians on the French right, Wellington launched a counter attack that drove the French to withdraw, that withdrawal became a rout and the end of the Hundred Days became a foregone conclusion!. Napoleon fled and was captured before he could take a ship to the USA!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Napolean was defeated because he overexpanded!. He took his army into Russia at about 450,000!. However, the army wasn't accustomed to the climate, and the majority of them froze, starved, or died of disease!. By the time he left Russia less than 20,000 tropps remained!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Biting off more than he could eat!. Until the march to Moscow he didnt' have to worry a lot about too many enemies at any one time!. After La Grande Armee was completely destroyed in Russia he was out of resources!. The last contingents of conscripts were nicknamed 'Marie Louises' because they were so young!.

I always wondered why he needed to invade Russia!. The maritime war of atrition against England was slowly going his way!. Probably impatience!.!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Just like hitler the Russian winter

and when he despratley needed a victory made the big mistake of taking on the British and like Hitler we Kicked his Butt

Basically he took on the British at Waterloo and who with her allies defeated the once Magnificent Grand ArmyWww@QuestionHome@Com

Russian Winter!. The same happened to Germans in WW2!. They didn't learn History lessons!.!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

The Russian winter!.!. he froze to death! Napolean was foolish to go into a foreign land where his troops were not prepared!. They were not able to withstand the harsh cold while fighting!. It was too much for them!.Www@QuestionHome@Com