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Napoleon's Dragoons of the Imperial Guard

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Dressed in distinctive green uniforms and classically inspired copper helmets, the Dragoons of the Imperial Guard were raised in 1806 by the same criteria as other Guard units - by selection of picked, literate veterans from Line regiments who had six to ten years of service, and citations for bravery in at least two campaigns. The following year they were named Dragons de l'Impératrice in a unique compliment to the Empress Josephine. As a ceremonial regiment it enjoyed many privileges, but it also saw combat on ...

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Overview

Dressed in distinctive green uniforms and classically inspired copper helmets, the Dragoons of the Imperial Guard were raised in 1806 by the same criteria as other Guard units - by selection of picked, literate veterans from Line regiments who had six to ten years of service, and citations for bravery in at least two campaigns. The following year they were named Dragons de l'Impératrice in a unique compliment to the Empress Josephine. As a ceremonial regiment it enjoyed many privileges, but it also saw combat on a number of occasions, including the battles of Essling and Wagram (1809), the Russian campaign (1812, when it suffered severe losses), at Bautzen, Wachau and Leipzig (1813), in the 1814 Campaign of France, and at Ligny and Waterloo (1815).

The unparalleled documentary and pictorial sources to which Ronald Pawly has access inform this, the latest volume in his unique English-language coverage of the cavalry of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. It includes a history of the unit's organisation and service, uniforms and equipment, drawn from the original manuscript correspondence of Napoleon and his senior officers, orders and inspection reports, which survive in the Paris archives to this day. Interspersed with material on the records of particular individuals - their promotions, wounds and deaths in action - and illustrated with uniform prints, photographs of portraits and colour plates covering all ranks and orders of dress, this is the definitive history of a legendary Napoleonic regiment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849088060
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Men-at-Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 794,782
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Pawly was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1956 and still lives and works in that city. He 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. This is the eighth volume on the cavalry of Napoleon's Imperial Guard written by Ronald Pawly for Osprey.

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Table of Contents

The Empress's Dragoons 3

1806: creation and establishment

1807: Definitive Organization 6

Eylau and Friedland-reinforcing the Cavalry of the Guard celebrating victory, preparing for war

1808: Spain 9

Initial advances and setbacks-Napoleon takes command Somosierra-crossing the Sierra de Guadarrama-Benavente

1809: The Austrian Campaign 13

Recall from Spain-Wagram

1810-11: Administrative Evidence 16

Strengths in Spain-regimental states-transfers-stripping the Line once again

1812: A Capital Too Far 20

Assembly-the Christmas battle-the retreat

1813: Men of Bronze, and Marie-Louises 24

Rebuilding the Guard Cavalry

1814: The Campaign of France 40

The Guard committed to battle

The First Abdication

1815: The Hundred Days 42

Plate Commentaries 44

Uniforms and equipment

Index 48

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