Tom Pocock

Port in Peril

The Fall of Toulon: The Last Opportunity to Defeat the French Revolution

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It was clever of Bernard Ireland to find a major engagement of the Napoleonic Wars in which the British were involved but which has hitherto been largely ignored. The conflict at Toulon was a campaign rather than a single battle, lasting for five months of 1793, beginning as a British success and ending as a French victory. It can be particularly remembered for seeing Captain Napoleone Buonaparte’s promotion to brigadier-general, so furthering his progress to coronation as the Emperor Napoleon.

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