#DidyouknowFW? Napoléon et l’officier prussien.

Napoleon and the Prussian officer

At the time when Napoleon was still only an artillery officer, a Prussian officer said before him very smugly, “that his compatriots never fought except for glory, while the French fought for money”

 “You are right,” replied Bonaparte, “everyone is fighting to acquire what they lack.  “

(According to “Bonapartiana, or Selected collection of anecdotes, sublime features, good words (…) of Napoleon Bonaparte “(by Charles-Yves Cousin d’Avallon”, 1831 edition)

Napoleon Bonaparte in uniform of lieutenant-colonel of the first battalion of Corsica in 1792.

Painting by Henri-Félix-Emmanuel Philippoteaux (1834)