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"Schooled minds guide, the tides of battles. Over the shoulders of angels, they watch the fields of War."
―A riddle by Nostradamus describing the École Militaire.[src]
École Militaire
ACU Ecole Militaire
Political information

A building complex that hosts the École de Guerre and the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale.


Paris, France


Ange-Jacques Gabriel

Date constructed


Historical information

Military college

The École Militaire (English: Military School) is a large complex of buildings housing military training facilities in Paris.


The École Militaire was built on a warren in Grenelle, once inhabited by partridges, rabbits and other small game. It was founded in 1750 by Louis XV, who sought to build a military academy comparable to the one created by his great-grandfather, Louis XIV. The academy would house five hundred boys from poor, preferably war-torn families, and train them to be elite officers.

The undertaking was mainly overseen and sponsored by Louis XV's mistress, Madame de Pompadour. In regards to the academy, Louis wrote to her, "I have approved the project since you absolutely want it, my beloved". Construction began in 1752, and the first classes were held eight years later.

Among the most famous "pupils of the king", or Elèves du Roi, was Napoleon Bonaparte. At the young age of 15, he graduated as a second lieutenant after only a year of study. The plain at Grenelle would be used as an exercise ground, leading it to be referred to as the Champ de Mars, named for the Roman god of war.

During the French Revolution, Colonel L'Au was based at the École Militaire, where he used his position and knowledge of valuable shipments to coordinate brutal robberies in the area around Les Invalides. The robberies targeted mail coaches, which would be sent out on his own orders. In response, the Assassin Council sent Arno Dorian to eliminate L'Au. After pickpocketing one of the stolen packages, he delivered it to the École Militaire as instructed, before assassinating L'Au.


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