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First distribution of the Légion d'honneur at the Boulogne camp, August 16, 1804 ", by Victor Jean Adam.

The Boulogne camp may designate two military camps around Boulogne-sur-Mer in France.

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First campEdit

The first camp was prepared by Julius Caesar, in 54 BCto prepare the fleet for his second expedition to Britain. One hypothesis is that Julius Caesar set up his camp at the current location of the old City of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Some historians believe that the Old City was built on the camp; at a vicinity to Itius port which he cites in Chapter IV of its Gallic Wars :

Caesar returns in Hither Gaul, and from there to the army. When he got there, he visited all neighborhoods, and finds that the singular activity of the soldiers had managed, despite extreme shortages of all things, to build about six hundred ships of the form described above and twenty eight galleys, all ready for sea in a few days. After giving praise to soldiers and those who had led the work, he instructs his intentions and ordered them to go all the Itius port, where he knew the ride in Brittany is very convenient, the distance this island to the mainland being only thirty thousand steps.

Second campEdit

 
Telegram of General Soult Napoleon informing him that the English squadron is still before Boulogne, June 12, 1804. Archives nationales.

The second camp was established by Bonaparte (Napoleon 1st) in 1803, and continued by Napoleon until 1805. This was where he assembled the "Grand Army", or Army of the ocean, to invade Britain. On May 16, 1803, the British, without previous declaration of war, seized a hundred French and Batavian ships. France declared war on England then. Bonaparte then chose Boulogne-sur-Mer as a base for attacks against England. The Boulogne camp housed about 60,000 soldiers in 1805, it was divided into two large camps :

At the top of the cliff were the command barracks, including that of Napoleon, but the headquarters was located at Castle of Pont-de-Briques.[1]

Notes & referencesEdit

  1. ^ The Boulogne camp is behind the construction of the magazine. We can especially note the work done in 1841 in the context of strengthening the protection of places: Construction of a wall in stone, paving of the courtyard and a gatehouse and a lightning rod. Powder belonged to the artillery and was paid in 1835 by the Indirect Taxation Administration. The latter are sites of gunpowder and hunting weapons. When Second World War came, the powder bunker was certainly exploited by the Germans who reinforced the site, as evidenced by bunker there. At the end of the conflict, the magazine was abandoned to become a real ruin until the day when the city decided to restore it. The inauguration took place in 1990.

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BibliographyEdit

  • Fernand Nicolaÿ, Napoléon Ier au camp de Boulogne, Paris, Perrin et cie, 1907. OCLC 1901969
  • Albert Chatelle, Napoléon et la Légion d'honneur au camp de Boulogne, 1801-1805, Paris, Lajeunesse, 1956. OCLC 5047474
  • Daniel Haigneré et Augustus Henry Pitt-Rivers, Étude sur le Portus Itius de Jules César : réfutation d'un mémoire de F. de Saulcy, Paris, Renouard, 1862. OCLC 55585755

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