Sapper’s axe of the Sapeurs de la Garde Impériale
Manufactured in France c.1810′s for Napoléon’s imperial guard.
Sappers in the Napoleonic era were specialized infantrymen equipped with a heavy axe, thick leather gloves and apron, and an equally thick beard. This last privilege was granted to them due to the inherent risks linked to their job of clearing the enemy’s static defenses ahead of their main forces.
Helmet of Empresses Dragoons, Model 1806, First Empire.
OFFICER SHAKO OF THE 94TH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY OF LINE, MODEL 1810, FIRST EMPIRE.
Napoleone di Buonaparte
Emperor of the French
King of Italy
Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine
(August 15, 1769 – August 15, 2017)
Happy 249th birthday, Sir!
Napoleon on Horseback by Robert Alexander Hillingford ( 1825-1904)
Always tip your cuirassier.
You never know when they save your hide, or break through at Borodino,
You never know.
Uniform and Musket of a Voltigeur of the Imperial Guard from the French Empire dated between 1812-1815 on display at the Musée de l’Armée in Paris
Formed from the
Tirailleurs-Chasseurs and Conscrit-Chasseurs regiments of Young Guard, the Voltigeurs (vaulters or leapers) provided a skirmishing screen for the Imperial Guard of the Grande Armée.
During the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 the Voltigeurs defended the village of Plancenoit against the flanking Prussian attack under
Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. After three assaults upon the village the Imperial Guard overwhelmed and almost annihilated by the Prussian Army.
Photographs taken by myself
General François Fournier-Sarlovèze, by Antoine-Jean Gros, 1812.