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. He has previously written for Osprey Men-at-Arms 355: Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815, Men-at-Arms 371: Wellington's Dutch Allies 1815, MAA 371: Napoleon's Red Lancers, Men-at-Arms 378: Napoleon's Guards of Honour, and Elite 115: Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (1) Organization & Personnel.
Napoleon's Scouts of the Imperial Guardby Ronald Pawly
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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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