Napoleonic French New Player Questions
September 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm #181266
Ok, so here’s the situation – I’m building a French Army, to fight my friends Peninsular British. I’ve chosen to set my force in 1814, so they won’t look out of place in a Waterloo setting.
Im having a bit of a meltdown at the masses of info on French uniforms, some, imo, quite contradictory.
I have a couple of basic questions regarding headgear –
Am I correct in thinking that grenadier companies, by 1814, were wearing shakos?
Is the same true fr Young Guard battalions?
Who, if anyone, were wearing bearskins in 1814?
Any info, or other advice will be gratefully received,
John0September 4, 2020 at 9:37 pm #181341NatParticipant
Might I suggest ospreys men at arms book 141…napoleons line infantry …
basically it it boils down to regimental preference … there is no one size fits all answer you need to look at the regiments in question.
0September 7, 2020 at 1:14 pm #181385
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Thanks, I was worried someone would say that!
John0September 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm #181400NatParticipant
Now to be fair they wheren’t supposed to have kept the bearskins….just like the Voltiguers shouldnt have kept their swords or the 2nd, 3rd etc battalions their egales….
:p0September 8, 2020 at 10:41 am #181416
Ha ha! I bought Napoleons Army by Lucien Rousselot. I’d heard it was the bible of French uniform – I’m still none the wiser!
What did Al Murray once say – What would we be without rules? French.0September 8, 2020 at 10:59 am #181417invisible officerParticipant
They had rules. But often ignored them. By intent, more often from Need.
Lucien Rousselot is a must and if you take the time to read it in deep it will help a lot. How it should have been. 😉
At Waterloo a lot of very old stuff was still / again worn. The battlefield finds show old styles of Buttons. In line and even guard units there was a crazy mix of dress worn in same company.
In Vicomte Henri de Beaufort collection is a nice ink sketch of the square of 4th Guard Grenadiers. Blue and White trousers, some bearskins, bicorne, bonnet de Police and even line Grenadier Tschakos. Now imagin a line unit……..
In 1814 the victors took a lot of new French stuff home, esp. the Prussians. If you read contemporary sources you will be surprised how different the troops looked from the uniform plates in the books.
Most Prussians in 1815 wore the 1814 stuff or even older. Including much French. And British foot did not throw the good French packs into the channel on homecoming for cahange to trotters pain. A lot of these French worn at Waterloo.
1+September 9, 2020 at 9:46 am #181444
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Thanks IO, and again Nat.0
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