Napoleon's Imperial Guard

Organization, Uniforms and Weapons

Gabriele Esposito

Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
50 color illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526786715

Dimensions : 9.5 X 9.6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 160
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A detailed analysis of the organization, uniforms and weapons of the French Imperial Guard created by Napoleon I. The author describes how this large military body evolved from the Consular Guard created by Bonaparte as early as 1799 and how this came to include dozens of different military units belonging to each branch of service (infantry, cavalry, artillery, specialist corps). The Imperial Guard was a 'miniature army' made up of veteran soldiers, who were dressed with the most spectacular and elegant uniforms ever seen on the battlefields of Europe. The Guard also included several 'exotic' non-French units that are also covered in the text: Egyptian Mamelukes, Polish and Lithuanian lancers, Tatar scouts, Dutch grenadiers and lancers. The way in which Napoleon employed the Guard in battle is discussed and also how it differed from the rest of the French Army in terms of military dress and weaponry.

About The Author

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history, whose interests and expertise range widely over various periods. He is the author of numerous books on armies and uniforms and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines in Italy, France, Netherlands and UK. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713, published by Pen & Sword in 2018.


"This shows that a summary-style book can still offer up a surprise or two."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

" will certainly come away with a better understanding of where this army came from and how it developed into one of the most formidable fighting forces of its day."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"...a useful guide to the many branches of the Imperial Guard..."

- The Miniatures Page

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