Napoleon's Overseas Army

Napoleon's Overseas Army

Men-at-Arms 211
  • Author: René Chartrand
  • Illustrator: Francis Back
  • Short code: MAA 211
  • Publication Date: 27 Jul 1989
  • ISBN: 9780850459005
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

When the French Revolution broke out in 1789, France possessed numerous colonies spread over three continents. To defend and keep the peace in these territories, a small army of colonial troops, distinct from the metropolitan line regiments or marines, had existed since the days of Louis XIV. This book examines the history and uniforms of the often-overlooked French armies in Saint-Domingue, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia, Tobago, Ile-de-France, La Réunion, Pondichéry, Guiana, Senegal and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. The text is backed by numerous illustrations offering a rare glimpse into dress and equipment of Napoleon's overseas army.

Biographical Note

René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including over 30 Osprey titles. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and two sons. Francis Back is a talented military artist, especially sought after for his portrayals of the Napoleonic period. He has illustrated several books for Osprey including Men-at-Arms 203: Louis XIV's Army and Men-at-Arms 227: Napoleon's Sea Soldiers.


Chronology French Colonial Troops in 1789 Turmoil and War Saint-Domingue The Americas and Africa India and the East Indies The Dutch Colonies The Plates

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