You can easily say that Napoleon’s military career was something like a sinus graph. The climax of the plot lied in the Battle of Austerlitz, where he brought Europe to its knees and the bottom of the chart is the Battle of Wateloo.
From military organization to strategic planning:
Napoleon was serious about recognizing the role of artillery in the war of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when the industry started modernizing. Thereby, turning the artillery into a mobile unit attached to the independent combat troops, instead of using artillery supporting the infantry and protecting the castle. “The gun killed the feudal, the pen will kill the modern society” he said. Napoleon’s firepower was a big move, he focused on one point in the front line, breaking the enemy’s defense. In the same era as Napoleon, in Vietnam, Quang Trung Nguyen Hue was so advanced: lightweight artillery of the Tay Son were more accurate than rifles.
Napoleon transformed the entire French military in the direction of modernity. Combat units from the regimental level upwards, each level has a staff of advisors, reconnaissance and fire coordination. He threw away the antiquities of medieval mercenaries for the warlord.
Napoleon combined the artillery, cavalry and infantry to speed up the action, launching the enemy forward, encircling it and then gathering. At that time, fire artillery, cavalry assault, infantry volunteers. All focused on the minute to hit the center to break the enemy team.
Continue on the specific strategy of Napoleon in the battles:
Napoleon was a genius in the art of warfare. Wellington, when asked who was the greatest general of the day, replied: “In this age, in the past, in any age, Napoleon.” The value of Napoleon’s name for Europe is a military concept. Twentieth-century Europe has used the word “Napoleon Red” to call a distant asian to respect his talent: Vo Nguyen Giap.
Napoleon’s strategic talent may be, for example, in the fight against Prussia. Where will the difference between Napoleon and the rest be and how can Napoleon be regarded as the father of modern European military.
As I said at the beginning of the article. Napoleon builds a military based on merit rather than COCC. Prussia is different. Prussian army built on serfs. Soldiers are serfs, though they struggle so hard that they can not become officers because they are not of noble descent. This is a fatal weakness. In contrast Napoleon was very reformed and know how to motivate, reward soldiers, give the brave jaw.
About modernity. While the Prussians declared the battle is backward, when fighting, the infantry is divided into three lines, so step up, keep up the ranks as the go, 1, 2, 3 of kindergarten, rigid and No maneuvering, the straight line was as straight as Napoleon’s cannon. On the other side Napoleon looked at the terrain, terrain, ambushes, hit the most dangerous places and divided the thinnest enemy force.