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Napoleon S Elite Cavalry

Author : Lucien Rousselot
ISBN : UOM:39015048522778
Genre : History
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In a series of wonderful, full-color plates, this superb book conveys the glory of soldiers of a military era surpassing the splendor of any others. 91 illustrations.
Category: History

Napoleon S Scouts Of The Imperial Guard

Author : Ronald Pawly
ISBN : 9781780964157
Genre : History
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Driven out of Germany after his defeat at Leipzig in 1813, Napoleon seemed to face disaster. Some 345,000 Allied troops were converging on France from the east; and Napoleon had only about 80,000 men. Most of his veterans had been killed in Russia and Germany, and he was short of cavalry to counter the swarms of Cossacks. For his last and possibly most brilliant campaign, Napoleon raised three regiments of mounted Scouts for his Imperial Guard. Through the story of these units the reader can follow Napoleon's dazzling manoeuvres in the campaign of 1814; and their widely varied uniforms are reconstructed in meticulously researched colour plates.
Category: History

Waterloo The Defeat Of Napoleon S Imperial Guard

Author : Gareth Glover
ISBN : 9781848329522
Genre : History
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This is the most detailed account of the 2nd Division at Waterloo ever published. It is based on the papers of its commander Sir Henry Clinton and it reveals for the first time the previously unrecognised vital role this division made in the defeat of Napoleon. ??They Swept the Field Clear explains how the division was placed ahead of the main allied squares thus impeding the charges of the French cavalry, and how the 2nd Division supported the defence of Hougoumont, considered by the Duke of Wellington as the key to his victory on 18 June 1815.??Perhaps the most significant aspect of this book is the description of the defeat of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. Just who and how the incomparable Guard was stopped and the driven from the battlefield is explained in detail. Once and for all, this 200-year controversy is finally resolved.
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Napoleon S Guards Of Honour

Author : Ronald Pawly
ISBN : 9781780965598
Genre : History
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One of the least understood of Napoleon's corps were the four regiments of Gardes d'honneur, raised in 1813 during the frantic rebuilding of the French cavalry after the huge losses in Russia. Recruited from the leading social classes, uniformed and equipped at their own expense, and accompanied by servants to take care of such unpleasant chores as stable duty, these men were promised commissions as officers after a year's service in the ranks. Though spectacularly unready for combat upon their arrival with the army, the Guards of Honour would gain skill and confidence while serving alongside the élite cavalry of the Imperial Guard in the campaigns of Saxony and France, 1813-14, and distinguished themselves in battle at Hanau and Rheims. The story of their organisation, uniforms and service is researched from rare archives and memoirs, and illustrated with portraits, surviving uniform items, and meticulous colour plates.
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Napoleon S Imperial Guard Uniforms And Equipment

Author : Paul L. Dawson
ISBN : 152670191X
Genre : Military uniforms
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From its origins as the Consular Guard of the French Republic, and as Napoleon's personal bodyguard, the Imperial Guard developed into a force of all arms numbering almost 100,000 men. Used by Napoleon as his principal tactical reserve, the Guard was engaged only sparingly, being deployed at the crucial moment of battle to turn the tide of victory in favor of the Emperor of the French. Naturally, the Imperial Guard has been the subject of numerous books over many decades, yet there has never been a publication that has investigated the uniforms and equipment of the infantry of the Imperial Guard in such detail and with such precision. The author has collected copies of almost all the surviving documents relating to the Guard, which includes a vast amount of material regarding the issuing of dress items, in some instances down to company level. This information is supported by an unrivaled collection of illustrations, many of which have never been published before, as well as images of original items of equipment held in museums and private collections across the globe. In addition, the renowned military artist, Keith Rocco, has produced a series of unique paintings commissioned exclusively for this book. This glorious book is, and will remain, unsurpassed as the standard work on the clothing and equipment of the Imperial Guard, and will not only be invaluable to historians, but also reenactors, wargamers and modelers. It is one of the most important publications ever produced on this most famous of military formations.
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With Napoleon S Guard In Russia

Author : Louis Joseph Vionnet
ISBN : 9781848846357
Genre : History
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Major Louis Joseph Vionnet's memoirs of Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign in Russia are readable, detailed, and full of personal anecdote and vivid glimpses into the life of the nineteenth-century soldier. His account concentrates in particular on the retreat from Moscow, but he was present at all the major actions and followed the entire course of the campaign from the opening moves in July 1812 to being chased through Prussia by bands of Cossacks in early 1813. He was present at the destruction of Smolensk, toured the battlefield of Borodino and witnessed the great fire in Moscow. Vionnet was a major in the Fusiliers-Grenadiers, a regiment of veterans in the Imperial Guard, and his account provides a wonderful insight into the élan, morale and cohesion of this elite fighting force. Jonathan North has translated Vionnet's memoirs for the first time for this English edition. In addition to providing detailed explanatory notes, he quotes from the accounts left by five other soldiers from the same regiment, and these extracts allow the reader to follow the ups and downs of the unit as a whole. Louis Joseph Vionnet, Vicomte de Maringoné, was born in Longueville in 1769, the son of a peasant and a lace maker. He joined the artillery in 1793 and was promoted to captain in the line in 1794. He fought in Italy in 1796, in the line infantry in 1798 and the Guard grenadiers in 1806, and campaigned in Prussia, Poland and Spain. In 1809, he joined the Fusiliers of the Guard, fought again in Spain in 1811 and then, with the rank of major, he took part in the 1812 Russian campaign, which he survived. He retired in the 1830s and died in 1834.
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Napoleon S Immortals

Author : Andrew Uffindell
ISBN : 1862273766
Genre : Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
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Elite fighting forces have always exercised an extraordinary hold on the the popular imagination. The Imperial Guard established a unique reputation for loyalty, courage and battlefiled effectiveness. Here, Andrew Uffindell uses previously unpublished primary sources to to reassess impartially this great fighting formation. Three of the guard's greatest battles are described in detail. Using revealing new research and photographs of the battlefields today he sheds new light on the controversial charge at Somosierra in 1808, and the Battles of Dresden (1813) and Montmirail (1814). At the same time, he describes for the first time just what it was like to join this elite band. 'Uffindell is that rare combination in military historians - oustanding researcher and sparkling writer.' (Military History Today, USA.)
Category: Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815

Napoleon S Imperial Guard

Author : Stephen Maughan
ISBN : 1859150837
Genre : History
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The growing popularity of living history has allowed Stephen Maughan to follow the European re-enactment circuit for four years, assembling an astonishing portfolio of color photographs that bring the troops of the First French Empire to life.Here is a dazzling photographic re-creation of Napoleon's elite Imperial Guard regiments -- the handpicked veterans who provided the bodyguard, and the ultimate battlefield reserve, of one of the greatest military leaders in history. Rewarded with extra pay and superb equipment, Napoleon's Guard perhaps represented the peak of military splendor.The painstaking re-creation of these troops allows modern access to a subject invaluable to modellers, war-gamers, and students of military history.
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Napoleon S Red Lancers

Author : Ronald Pawly
ISBN : 9781780965574
Genre : History
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The legendary Dutch 'Red' Lancers – the 2nd Light Horse Lancers of Napoleon's Imperial Guard – were formed in 1810 after the emperor annexed Holland and its army to France. The former hussars of the Dutch Royal Guard got a handsome new uniform, a new weapon, and a hard-driving new colonel in Baron Edouard Colbert. His lancers distinguished themselves in Russia in 1812, at huge cost; in Germany in 1813, and in the Low Countries in 1814. When Napoleon returned from exile in 1815 the Red Lancers were with him until night fell over Waterloo. Ronald Pawly is the world's leading expert on the archival and pictorial record left by this regiment; his detailed text is illustrated with rare portraits and photographs, and eight glowing colour plates of a surprisingly wide variety of uniforms.
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