Highly appreciating artillery, Bonaparte used it extensively and effectively in battles. In May 1797, he formed a special unit of the guard horse artillery, which proved excellent during the Italian campaign. The new troops were very mobile and fast-firing artillery which provided fire support to the fast-moving French cavalry. The horse artillery played an important role in the Battle of Marengo, in which the Austrian troops suffered a crushing defeat. Italy was again in the hands of Bonaparte.
From the very beginning of his military career, Bonaparte paid the most careful attention to the army, reconstructing and reorganizing it. The support of the army allowed him to become the first consul, and then the emperor. Loyalty of soldiers was ensured in many respects by the command staff, both higher and lower.
Demanding courage and loyalty, grit, a knack for navigating the battlefield and decision-making skills from his subordinates, Bonaparte carefully considered each candidate submitted for approval. So the background to the appointment of J.-A. Gibori as a squadron commander (the first of the ranks of the highest command staff) was his participation in six military campaigns, personal fearlessness and serious wounds received in battles.