Napoleon Bonaparte and Hitler

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Napoleon Bonaparte and Hitler were very significant figures in history and are well known for their military triumphs. Napoleon is most known for his military genius and his ability to defeat immense armies with smaller forces or to simply outwit his opponents. Hitler is best known for his atrocious human rights violations and his genocide of the Jewish during World War 2. However, Hitler was another gifted military commander who was able to take Germany from a small nation in poverty to a world power that rivaled the United States and the Soviet Union. A blemish on both Napoleon and Hitler’s military resumes is that both of them failed to conquer Russia as their invasions failed. Napoleon’s invasion of Russia was similar yet different to Hitler’s invasion of Russia. Napoleon invasion of Russia was similar to Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union for many reasons. One reason that the invasion was similar was that both Napoleon and Hitler failed in their attempts. When Napoleon invaded Russia he had brought as many as 650,000 soldiers to overwhelm the Russians. However, during the invasion “The French Army barely existed as a fighting force. Napoleon watched as his army slowly died… What remained of his defeated army straggled towards safety.” Hitler also suffered a defeat when he attempted to invade the Soviet Union during World War 2. “The tremendous strain of that winter campaign, on armies which had not been prepared for it, had other serious effects. Before the winter ended, many German divisions were reduced to barely a third of their original strength, and they were never fully built up again.” This clearly shows that Hitler’s German army was defeated and decimated as well be the Soviets. Another similarity between the two invasions is that the deciding factor was the bitter Russian winter. When Napoleon invaded Russia the Russian winter…...

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