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Napoleon's Imperial Guard (ePub)

Organization, Uniforms and Weapons

Napoleonic Colour eBooks Military

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 18.2 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 50 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526786722
eBook Released: 30th June 2021

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A detailed analysis of the organization, uniforms and weapons of the French Imperial Guard created by Napoleon I. The author describes how this large military body evolved from the Consular Guard created by Bonaparte as early as 1799 and how this came to include dozens of different military units belonging to each branch of service (infantry, cavalry, artillery, specialist corps). The Imperial Guard was a 'miniature army' made up of veteran soldiers, who were dressed with the most spectacular and elegant uniforms ever seen on the battlefields of Europe. The Guard also included several 'exotic' non-French units that are also covered in the text: Egyptian Mamelukes, Polish and Lithuanian lancers, Tatar scouts, Dutch grenadiers and lancers. The way in which Napoleon employed the Guard in battle is discussed and also how it differed from the rest of the French Army in terms of military dress and weaponry.

This Book would would be of interest to any one who enjoys reading about this period of history, alongside modellers who seek the small details and colours that are often absent from so many pre made castings and mouldings.

A very informative and well researched book with a wealth of detail.

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

Featured on the website of

Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

"This shows that a summary-style book can still offer up a surprise or two."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Everything you could possible wish to know about Napoleon's elite Imperial Guard.

Books Monthly

Super colour plates and hence a great reference for modellers/wargamers for these magnificent, and often elaborate uniforms. Add these to the detailed text which describes them and gives more background to the assortment of Guard units and how they were employed in the service of their Emperor. Recommended.

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Military Model Scene

We recommend this book as an eye opening introduction to this special element of the Napoleon myth.

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Clash of Steel

This is a compilation of well known source bibliography that delivers a concise explanation of the history of the Imperial Guard and its many constituent units. There is particular emphasis on the uniforms and this is well supported by colour plates. A useful book for the general reader and for wargamers intent on accuracy.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Gabriele Esposito

GABRIELE ESPOSITO is a military historian who works as a freelance author and researcher for some of the most important publishing houses in the military history sector. In particular, he is an expert specializing in uniformology: his interests and expertise range from the ancient civilizations to modern postcolonial conflicts. During recent years he has conducted and published several researches on the military history of the Latin American countries, with special attention on the War of the Triple Alliance and the War of the Pacific. He is among the leading experts on the military history of the Italian Wars of Unification and the Spanish Carlist Wars. His books and essays are published on a regular basis by important publishing houses and he is also the author of numerous military history articles appearing in specialized magazines like Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare, The Armourer, History of War, Guerres et Histoire, Focus Storia and Focus Storia Wars. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713 and Armies of the Late Roman Empire AD 284-476 , Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC - AD 30, Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC - AD 106 , Armies of Ancient Greece circa 500 - 338 BC, and Armies of Ancient Italy 753 - 218 BC.

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