By René Chartrand, Francis Back
Napoleon has usually been thought of to misconceive the military. Being an artillery officer, he was once given to express calculations and not fairly permitted that the wind used to be extra vital to ships than his orders. in spite of the fact that, because of the Emperor's pragmatic measures in the course of 1800-1801, the French army emerged from chaos for the 1st time in over a decade. The historical past and uniform of Napoleon's sea infantrymen is the following explored by way of René Chartrand, during this priceless version to Osprey's Men-at-Arms sequence, with a wealth of illustrations together with 8 complete web page color plates via Francis again.
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Black accoutrements, instead of the usual white, were worn by naval personnel and troops in this period. C4: Fusilier, Legion Naulique, 1799-1801 This legion was part of the French forces in Egypt and served mostly in Alexandria. It was issued the colourful, locally made uniforms worn by the 43 D2: Gunner, Coast Cuard Artillery, 1803 In September 1803 the corps of Canonniers gardescotes was assigned a white unilorm, shown here as prescribed in the order. Besides service in the coastal batteries, a few men were detached with the expedition to Corfu during 1805.
From August 1808 the various trades were identified by badges worn on 33 the left lower sleeve: a cannon for gunnery, a star for pilots, an axe for shipwrights, a triangle for sailing and so on, to be embroidered in gold for the premier and second maitres and in yellow for the others. It is important to note that commissioned officers did not wear the uniform of the Equipage they commanded but the 1804 uniform for navy officers. The armament of the sailors had always been an informal affair with sabres, pistols, sea-service muskets, buccaneer muskets, boarding pikes and The central figure on this print by Berka and Zimner (No.
All had white metal buttons. A March 1803 bill for the Rochefort Gardes-chiourmes (convict guards) called for 250 dark blue coats with dark blue collar, cuffs, lapels and turnbacks, red piping edging the lapels, white waistcoat and breeches, and dark blue fatigue caps. The battle of Grand Port at Ile-de-France on 23 August 1810. The British attacking squadron w a s completely destroyed, losing its four frigates in this little-known French naval success. In the foreground, HMS Magicienne is sinking, HMS Sirius directly behind is on fire and about to blow up, HMS Nereide has no m a s t s and is captured flying the tricolour.