Napoleon’s Scouts of the Imperial Guard

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Napoleon’s Scouts of the Imperial Guard

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Napoleon's last 'Campaign of France' in 1814 proved to be one of his most brilliant during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). He relied as never before on committing his elite Imperial Guard cavalry to battle. He raised three new regiments of crack Éclaireurs – 'Scouts' – which were attached to the Guard Mounted Grenadiers, Empress's Dragoons and Polish Lancers respectively which would counterattack the Cossacks and gather vital information. Each regiment had its own style of uniform, but part of each was armed with lances. Although they were short-lived, these Scout units greatly distinguished themselves in the last battles of the collapsing Empire.

Table of Contents

Napoleon's dilemma in 1813 - shortage of light cavalry, and frustration of reconnaissance by Russian Cossacks · His solution - the creation of three regiments of Mounted Scouts - organization and numbers, officers · Uniforms & equipment: 1er Regt d'Éclaireurs-Grenadiers - 2e Regt d'Éclaireurs-Dragons - 3e Regt d'Éclaireurs-Lanciers · The Scout regiments in the Campaign of France, 1814

Product details

Published Aug 29 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841769561
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 433
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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