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Back Issue, Winter 1999: Number 15

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Bonaparte Takes Control

Coup of Brumaire – This Time Bonaparte's Family Proves Invaluable.

Although he would never escape charges from detractors that he abandoned his army, General Bonaparte's return from Egypt was greeted with enthusiasm by a population eager for change. Napoleon's venture into the previously untried and sordid arena of French politics posed the greatest risk yet in his ambitious career. Success meant ultimate power. Failure would result in prison, exile, or execution.

By J. M. P. McErlean
With artwork by Ray Rubin

The Allies Hit Back

Field Marshal Suvorov Retakes Italy in 1799.

It was Napoleon's conquest of Malta in 1798 on his way to Egypt, and the disbanding and looting of the Knights of St. John of Malta, of which Tsar Paul was titular head, that provoked the Russians into joining a second coalition with England and Austria against revolutionary France in 1799. They would take advantage of the absence of General Bonaparte and his 35,000 veterans, now isolated in Egypt. The Allies were led by a remarkable and eccentric genius, the venerable Russian Field Marshal Aleksandr Vasilevich Suvorov, who in four short months would recapture the territory of northern Italy lost to Bonaparte's campaign of 1796-97. The final French attempt to stop Suvorov resulted in the decisive Battle of Novi on 15 August, excerpted here from Christopher Duffy's latest book, Eagles Over the Alps: Suvorov in Italy and Switzerland, 1799.

By Christopher Duffy
With artwork by Keith Rocco, Ray Rubin, Steven Palatka and John Pomeroy

Napoleon in Syria

Isolated in Egypt, General Bonaparte Strikes into Syria.

"We must go to the Orient, all great glory has always been acquired there." Thus did Napoleon Bonaparte explain the expedition to Egypt according to his personal secretary Louis de Bourienne. In 1798, the French swept in like a desert sandstorm, winning victory after victory and seizing the land from the Mameluke overlords. Then, British Admiral Horatio Nelson's naval victory in Aboukir Bay left the French army cut off from home. Undaunted, General Bonaparte devised a new strategy, but it would result in the first major reverse in his military career.

By John Dunn and Melanie Byrd
With artwork by Jacques Domange and Ray Rubin

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