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Napoleon's Imperial Guard Uniforms and Equipment (Hardback)

The Cavalry

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By Paul L. Dawson
Frontline Books
Pages: 376
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781526708960
Published: 5th August 2019


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Few military formations have attracted more attention than Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and fewer still have been so extravagantly clothed and accoutred with the finest materials and the brightest colours. On both campaign and parade, the Guard, and especially the cavalry regiments, provided a dazzling display of military grandeur. From the green and gold trappings of the Chasseurs à Cheval, to the multi-coloured Mamelukes, the Guard cavalry was among the most brilliantly dressed formations ever to grace the field of battle.

In compiling this magnificent volume, 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, even in some instances down to company level.

This information is supported by around 100 contemporary prints, 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 renown 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 Cavalry of the Imperial Guard, and will be eagerly sought by reenactors, wargamers and modellers, and will sit on the book shelves of historians and enthusiasts as one of the most important publications ever produced on this most famous of military formations.

As featured by

The Armourer, November 2019

The blurb says that this is a "glorious book" and that is exactly what it is. A treasure trove of information and illustrations covering Napoleon's Imperial Guard. Specialist but brilliant.

Books Monthly

Featured 'ON THE BOOK SHELF' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, August 2019

From a British perspective Napoleon was made famous by the Battle of Waterloo in
1815. However, the British had been at war with Napoleon for many years prior to this
famous Battle.

Napoleon’s Imperial Guard were his elite soldiers and they were in two main branches
– the infantry and the cavalry. Their uniforms were exquisite and complex – a subject
which these books deal with. Most period records lack colour and clarity and we have
only paintings and the limited surviving artefacts to base any modern-day study upon.

These two wonderful Volumes should really be read in conjunction as they deal with
the main branches of the Imperial Guard. They cover the dress, weapons and
accruements and together they are a most impressive study. These excellent tomes fill
a huge gap in the available literature on the subject and you cannot be unimpressed by
their superb quality.

They are a sought-after addition to the available literature and the author has done a
splendid job by writing these two outstanding volumes. They undoubtedly are the
reference books to have on this subject and there is little I can add to the fact that for
uniform and equipment buffs they are essential reading.

Military Archive Research, Dr Stuart C Blank

As with the previous Infantry volume, this is a chunky, beautifully printed book, featuring lots of photos of garments and other accoutrements, contemporary or near contemporary artworks, and a small middle section of original paintings by Keith Rocco. The level of detail is quite something.

A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

Like its partner volume on the Guard Infantry this book brings the same detail and insight to the Guard Cavalry. Fabulous photographs and illustrations and an absolute joy to read.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Paul L. Dawson

Paul L. Dawson BSc Hons MA MIFA FINS, is a historian and author, specialising in the French Army of the Napoleonic War. In addition, as a noted equestrian, this allows him to have a greater understanding of what was and what was not possible for cavalry and other troops which utilised horses. Working as a historical tailor producing museum-quality replica clothing gives him a unique insight into construction techniques of the period, as well the knowledge and ability to decipher documents from the period.

Perfect Partner

Waterloo: The Truth At Last Why Napoleon Lost the Great Battle (Hardback)

During October 2016 Paul Dawson visited French archives in Paris to continue his research surrounding the events of the Napoleonic Wars. Some of the material he examined had never been accessed by researchers or historians before, the files involved having been sealed in 1816. These seals remained unbroken until Paul was given permission to break them to read the contents. Forget what you have read about the battle on the Mont St Jean on 18 June 1815; it did not happen that way. The start of the battle was delayed because of the state of the ground – not so. Marshal Ney destroyed the French…

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