February 26 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte Escapes from Elba

February 26 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte Escapes from Elba3 (60%) 2 votes Realizing he would soon be sent to an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon Bonaparte made a daring escape from his exile to Elba on February 26, 1815. Once the bane of Europe, he returned to the continent bent on restoring his military legacy, sealing his fate just 111 days later at Waterloo. After seizing power in 1799 with France in upheaval during the Revolution, Napoleon quickly proved himself an adept military mind and focused commander. Victories over old enemies — Austria, Britain and Italy — provided him with a platform and credibility in the […]