What were Snowball and Napoleon's roles during the Battle of Cowshed?

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Snowball and some of the other animals anticipated that Jones and his men might try to take back the farm. In preparation for such an event Snowball had studied books on Julius Caesar's battle tactics and put himself in charge of defending the farm. Snowball put the animals into place for the attack. When the men came Snowball directed the attack and when he could he, himself, charged Jones taking a bullet to his back which grazed him and left him bloody, but the farm victorious over Jones. Napoleon is not even mentioned in the Battle of Cowshed once, but later after Snowball has been run off he tries to convince the farm, quite successfully, that it was he who was wounded during battle and heroic and that Snowball had helped Jones plan the attack.