>is described by most everyone who had something to say about his physique as short

>is described by most everyone who had something to say about his physique as short
>everybody now thinks it's british propaganda for some reason
Why? Where did this meme of him being 'average for the time' come from? What is this anti-manlet propaganda?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    originally from wikipedia's list of common misconceptions, reposted infinite times on reddit, tumblr, facebook anf IQfy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      alright I got my answer, thanks

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know, but apparently Wellington was shorter, it didn't matter since they where career officers. People think Napoleon was literally a dwarf, since he was always surrounded by his grenadiers if the imperial guard, and those guys where really tall, since the job demanded it

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why are grenadiers tall? What about pikemen?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        They need to throw the grenade further. Higher stature, more strength, longer arms etc. Pikemen have to be a certain size as well, the same went for hoplites.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I don't know, but apparently Wellington was shorter,
      Wellington was 5ft 10, when the british did an autopsy of boneys corpse, he was measured at 5ft 2

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        There is something ugly with this painting.
        It's too modern.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    All of those came from aristocrats and eurocucks have some massive delusions about what qualifies for a great ruler/commander. They all thought this "great man who BTFOD everything" was an ubermensch aryan masterrace only to get shocked upon realizing that he's no different than a regular guy in looks. It's not like the aristocrats who described him were super lookers themselves.
    Being 1.7m tall Napoleon was at the euro average height during his time (evidenced by height requirements for euro armies at back then) but for an aristocrat/officer he was short.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think it might be because natural-born aristocrats would be taller due to more significant nutritional differences back then, so Napoleon might be average for the general population but probably not for the upper class that he LARPed as. Also he's Italian, on second thought that's probably most of it

      But even the generals of the army of Italy described him as short the first time they saw him. Why would they point that out if he was unknown and the average height for a soldier?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Forgot to mention that his soldier named him 'Le Petit Caporal'. Which would have been weird if he were taller/the same height as them

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's primarily understood that he was called Le Petit Caporal because he was less affluent than the other officers and fought beside his men.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You could check it out but the other anons are right about the origins of that nickname, plus I think they started to use that name after he personally directed a cannon during a battle in Italy

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        At the beginning they had a negative opinion of him because he was a political appointment and minor nobility while 99% of generals and officers of Armee d'Italie were non-aristocrats, they thought of him as short compared to other aristocrats and also the fact that he wasn't a remarkable man physically. Didn't help that the top three generals of the army back then were Augereau, Massena, and Serurier were taller than Napoleon.

        Forgot to mention that his soldier named him 'Le Petit Caporal'. Which would have been weird if he were taller/the same height as them

        Petit is often used as a form of affection rather than referencing literal size. It referred to Napoleon not behaving "high and mighty" and throwing himself in the gutter with his men. British propaganda ran with the literal meaning to mock him.

        Why are grenadiers tall? What about pikemen?

        >Why are grenadiers tall?
        Imposing figure and greater physical strength made them stronger in battle while also having psychological effect of scaring the enemy with their bearskin hats increasing to their figurative height.
        >What about pikemen?
        Pikemen were abolished nearly a century ago. By the time of Spanish Succession War (1701-1714) it was already outdated although Sweden made effective use of it during Great Northern War (1700-1720).

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Height and social class have a huge correlation. Go into a hospital and you'll instantly be able to tell the doctors and nurses apart based on height. Same with lawyers and paralegals.

        Even if Napoleon was average height, that makes him short for his social class.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think it might be because natural-born aristocrats would be taller due to more significant nutritional differences back then, so Napoleon might be average for the general population but probably not for the upper class that he LARPed as. Also he's Italian, on second thought that's probably most of it

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Napoleon was a bit shorter than average.
    British propaganda portrayed him as a midget.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Napoleon was 169cm tall (5'6")
    It's manlet tier nowdays but it was average 200 years ago.

    As a comparison, Horatio Nelson was 162cm tall (5'4") and was considered nomal.
    Wellington was 175cm tall (5'9") and was considered huge.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >'His very size had hitherto deceived me: he is a shortish, slightish figure, about five feet eight; of good breadth however, and all muscle or bone; - his legs I think must be the short part of him, for certainly on horseback at least, I have always taken him to be tall' (Carlyle, 1850).

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I think there's some inconsistencies between french and english measuring systems. Napoleon and Wellington might had not been too different in height

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you're not tall you're short.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because it's exactly the kind of thing the dishonest israelite part of Anglo society would do so therefore if Anglo propoganda says anything at all it is generally excepted by everyone that the exact opposite is true.

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