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The one - armed veteran and Napole'on

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1 The one - armed veteran and Napole'on on Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:13 pm


They thought more of the Legion of Honor in the time of Napoleon I than they do now. The Emperor one day met an old one - armed veteran.

- How did you lose your arm? He asked.

- At Austerlitz, Sire.

- And were you not decorated?

- No, Sire.

- Then, here is my own cross for you; I make you chevalier.

- Your Majesty makes me chevalier because I have lost one arm; what would you have done, had I lost both arms?

- Oh, in that case, I should have made you officer of the Legion.

Where-upon, the old solder drew sword and cut off his other arm.

There is no particular reason to doubt this story. But the only question is, how did he do it?

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