In 1814, Napoleon was defeated and he signed the surrender terms. The British took custody of Napoleon and imprisoned him on the island of Elbe. But in France Napoleon was still loved by the people and many old timers were nostalgic of the glorious days of France under Napoleon.
Napoleon himself on the island of Elbe made plans for a return. He knew that the French people and in particular the French army would back him. He thus plotted to escape from Elbe. The British also had become a little lax and never expected that Napoleon will escape. They felt thatthere was no way he could esacpe from Elbe with the sea all around.
However Napoleon through his contacts was in touch with his supporters in France. One night he escaped on a French ship and landed on the coast of France. The French government came to know of the return of Napoleon and deputed a crack unit of the French army to capture and kill him. Now took place one of the great romantic sagas of world history.
The French elite force advanced and were confronted by Napoleon alone. Orders were given to shoot Napoleon, but Napoleon unbuttoned hiscoat and held his chest towarsd his soldiers shouting" Will you shoot your own emperor".
Most of the elite guards had served with Napoleon and many old soldiers broke down and began to cry. One old timer who was ordered to shoot at Napoleon dropped his rifle and ran towards Napoleon and fell at his feet. This had an electric effect and the entire army began to shout Viva la emperor. Napoleon was given a horse and and he mounted it and began to lead the army towards Paris.
As Napoleon advanced the French peasentry prayed for him and in a short time he entered Paris. It was a victorious entry. His opponents just ran away and Napoleon regained power . But this reign was to last only a 100 days as all other countries of Europe joined up against him and led to the Battle of Waterloo(1815) where Napoleon was defeated. This time the British exiled him to the island of St Helena in the south Atlantic and Napoleon died there.