The Royal Irish Regiment


Napoleon at Toulon


Napoleon was a captain when he was called upon to take command of the artillery at the siege of Toulon. He managed to requisition more guns and men for his batteries. He also demanded promotion so that he could deal with incompetent superior officers, and reached the rank of colonel whilst there. He was wounded on 16th Dec during the battle around Mount Faron, it was said, by a sergeant of the Royal Irish. Because of this wound he was not present at the infamous massacre of 2,000 French Royalists and prisoners after the capture of the city.


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by Stephen Luscombe