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Napoleon's Carabiniers

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The two regiments of Carabiniers were reorganized in 1802 as part of Napoleon's cavalry reforms on taking the Consulate. They were the elite of the heavy horse, selected from the best men of the more numerous Cuirassier regiments and distinguished by tall bearskins. They fought in all Napoleon's early triumphs - Austerlitz, Friedland, Eckmuehl, Essling and Wagram. After this victorious campaign their dress was changed. They were issued cuirasses and helmets of brass, which were striking against their new white and sky-blue uniform. This book incorporates research and striking illustrations to tell the story of these brave men and detail their uniforms and equipment.
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Origins of the Carabinier corps and early history, 16th-18th centuries; tactical role as elite shock troops; reorganization of 1791; Napoleon's cavalry reforms 1802; uniform regulations, 1802-1809/10; battle record; the campaign of Austerlitz, Friedland, Eckmuehl, Essling; heavy casualties at Wagram (1809); the new uniforms and armour; battle record - the campaigns of Russia, Germany and France, 1812-14; the Hundred Day's campaign, 1815 - the legend of "the traitor of Waterloo".

About the Author

Ronald Pawly, born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1956 and still living and working in that city, 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 several books in the Men-at-Arms series including MAA 355, Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815 and MAA 378 Napoleon's Guards of Honour.

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