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The Battle of Toulouse

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles on Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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10 April marks the anniversary of the defeat of the Allies by Napoleon’s army under Marshal Soult at the Battle of Toulouse in 1814.

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Marshal Soult, Marshal of the Empire under Napoleon

Nicholas Jean-de-Dieu Soult, was a French general and statesman under Napoleon and was named Marshal of the Empire in 1804. He also served as Prime Minister of France on three occasions. Soult had a long military career which culminated in his victories during the Peninsular War against the Allies under the Duke of Wellington. Eventually Soult was driven out of Spain and pursued into France.

Napoleon had already surrendered his Empire when Soult reached Toulouse, which he defended valiantly, holding the town all day as he organised an escape plan for his entire army. The Allies entered the city two days later and only learned that afternoon that Napoleon had abdicated.

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