Napoleon's Guards of Honour

Napoleon's Guards of Honour

1813–14

Men-at-Arms 378
  • Author: Ronald Pawly
  • Illustrator: Patrice Courcelle
  • Short code: MAA 378
  • Publication Date: 13 Nov 2002
  • Number of Pages: 48
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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.

Biographical Note

Ronald Pawly, born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1956 and still living and working in that city, is a respected member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies, and an expert on 19th century military portraiture. He is the author of the monumental The Red Lancers: Anatomy of a Napoleonic Regiment (Crowood Press, 1998), and of a study of Napoleonic veterans' tombs in Belgium. He has previously written Men-at-Arms 355: Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815 and Men-at-Arms 371: Wellington's Dutch Allies 1815 for Osprey.Patrice Courcelle was born in northern France in 1950 and has been a professional illustrator for some 20 years. Entirely self-taught, he has illustrated many books and magazine articles for Continental publishers, and his work hangs in a number of public and private collections. His dramatic and lucid style has won him plenty of admiration in the field of military illustration. His other enthusiasms include music, from Clapton and the blues to Mahler, and cooking. Patrice lives a few miles from the battlefield of Waterloo with his wife and son.

Contents

The French cavalry in the aftermath of the Russian campaign Decree of 3 April 1813 creating four regiments of Gardes d'Honneur - inducements offered Organisation and depots of 1st to 4th Regts The officers and troopers - volunteers and 'volunteers' - mutinies and plots Campaign history: 1813 - Leipzig - successful charge at Hannau Sufferings of Metz and Mainz garrisons. Campaign of France, 1814 - the great charge at Rheims, 13 March. Uniforms & weapons - officers, troopers & trumpeters.

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