Napoleon’s Scouts of the Imperial Guard

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Napoleon’s Scouts of the Imperial Guard

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Driven out of Germany after his defeat at Leipzig in 1813, Napoleon seemed to face disaster. Some 345,000 Allied troops were converging on France from the east; and Napoleon had only about 80,000 men. Most of his veterans had been killed in Russia and Germany, and he was short of cavalry to counter the swarms of Cossacks. For his last and possibly most brilliant campaign, Napoleon raised three regiments of mounted Scouts for his Imperial Guard. Through the story of these units the reader can follow Napoleon's dazzling manoeuvres in the campaign of 1814; and their widely varied uniforms are reconstructed in meticulously researched colour plates.

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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

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Published 10 Aug 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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