The Battles of the Napoleonic Wars

The Battles That Shaped the Fate of the French Empire and the World

Great Battles of the Napoleonic Wars


Battle of Salamanca

The Napoleonic Wars (1799 to 1815) were a series of conflicts involving France and a shifting alliance of European powers, chiefly England, Austria, Russia and Prussia, as well as many smaller European states. The Napoleonic Wars could rightly have been called the first true world war, due to the number of nations involved and the world wide scope of the fighting. The wars changed the map and the destiny of Europe. In the aftermath of the wars, new countries were formed, while others were ruined or completely disappeared as independent entities. The wars also contributed to the collapse of the Spanish overseas Empire and the rise of the newly independent South American nations.

This world wide war was fought at sea and on land, in far away outposts of empire as well as in the heartland of Europe. Many battles were fought, and most have been forgotten by history, joining the ever growing catalog of human folly and the forgotten war dead. But the Napoleonic wars will also be remembered for many notable battles which shine on as examples of great military genius, innovative tactics and human bravery.

Main Battles

  • Battle of the Nile


  • Battle of the Pyramids


  • Battle of Austerlitz


  • Battle of Borodino


  • Battle of Moscow


  • Battle of Leipzig


  • Battle of Vittoria


  • Battle of Trafalgar


  • Battle of Waterloo


  • Battle of Dresden


  • Biography of Napoleon
    Biography of Napoleon
    Empress Josephine - First Wife of Napoleon
    Josephine, Empress of France
    Empress Marie Louise - Second Wife of Napoleon
    Marie Louise, Empress of France
    Photographs of the Napoleonic Wars
    Photographs of the Napoleonic Wars