When his troops crossed the Berezina River, in November, only 10,000 fit soldiers were left from his Grand Campaign.
Although Napoleon’s forces had small victories during 1813, the “Battle of the Nations” (fought at Leipzig in October of 1813) significantly dashed French dreams of empire-building. About 350,000 Allies forced 195,000 Frenchmen to retreat into France.
More battles followed, but the odds were now overwhelmingly against Napoleon. Allied forces entered Paris on 30 March 1814. Napoleon had no choice but to abdicate.
His beloved palace of Fontainebleau, where he'd spent happy days, became the scene of a Treaty which ended Napoleon’s grandiose plans. The former emperor was exiled to the island of Elba, off the western coast of Italy.
Louis XVIII was restored to the French throne, and the other European monarchs finally breathed a sigh of relief that the "madman" was gone. No one would have believed Napoleon had he said: “I’ll be back!”
Except...that is exactly what happened.
This time, however, Europe's monarchs would stop Napoleon before his momentum kicked in. This time, the Allies would try to catch Napoleon unprepared.