on 28 April 2012
This title is a great introduction to one of Napoleon's famous Guard cavalry regiments. The book contains the usual lively and colourful illustrations of the uniform worn by the regiment from its beginnings in 1806 to the final trumpet call in 1815. Also included are black and white prints and photos of uniforms, weapons and helmets, although it is a shame the photos of their distinctive helmets were not in colour, since that would have displayed how impressive they really were. Portraits of some of the units commanders are included, such as Colonel Pinteville, who had half his face blown away and Count Letort who was to die of his wounds inflicted during the 1815 campaign. The battle and campaign history is well recorded and the author does not just concentrate on the regiment's successes, but also includes the defeats, such as when the regiment was lured into a trap by Cossacks during the 1812 campaign. The low price makes this title excellent value and it will be a welcome addition to anyone's collection, be they Napoleonic enthusiasts or wargamers.