In putting together my post looking at the Battle of Waterloo and pulling out my old photos from 1976 I rediscovered my collection of postcards that I bought that year at Les Invalides showing some of the amazing collection of French military uniforms of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period.
Musee Armee - Les Invalides
I had intended on getting the, no doubt, modern versions of these on my visit last year but couldn't find anything as good as these. So if you haven't seen these amazing manikins posed in a natural setting, then you are in for a treat. Remember the fact that these uniforms are the real deal, not reproductions.
JJ Wargames - Les Invalides 2014
|Lieutenant of the 15th demi-brigade c 1800|
|Corporal of the 16th Dragoons (1796 - 1800) in marching order|
|Lieutenant of a Light regiment left c 1806-11, Fusilier of a Line regiment right c 1800|
|Hussar, Elite Company of the 8th regiment|
|Captain of Line Infantry left and Lieutenant of the 4th Dragoons right|
|Chef de Battalion, Fusiliers- grenadiers of the Imperial Guard 1806-14, left |
and Captain of the 19th Chasseurs a Cheval 1813-14 right
|Hussars - Trooper of the 7th regiment just wearing the dolman, left, c 1804|
and Sergeant of the 4th Regiment wearing the pelisse over his dolman, right, c 1807-12
|Corporal of the 8th Chasseurs a Cheval 1810-14, left and Captain of Foot Artillery 1812-13, right|
|Voltigeur, left and Major, right of line infantry 1814-15|
|Grenadier of the Foot Guards, Imperial Guard in marching order 1804-14|
Next up Waterloo a personal story and pictures from 1976.