SNC062-HW Prussian Leutzoy Uhlan, 1815
On 1 March 1815 Napoleon landed in the south of France for perhaps the most famous hundred days in history. A slow route to Paris gave him time to rebuild and extend his popular support. His trickle of followers at Nice became a flood by Grenoble, a veritable torrent of popular support by Lyons. Whole armies sent to capture him deserted to his charismatic appeal, and without firing a shot he entered Paris in triumph on the 20th. However, he was still far from secure in his position, no longer sure of his total sovereign authority of previous years. Something had to be done quickly if he were not to lose the momentum he had built up since his return.