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Officers and Soldiers of Napoleon's Imperial Guard: Infantry, 1804-1815 v. 1 [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jean-Marie Mongin , Andre Jouineau
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31 Jan 2002 Officers and soldiers
This text looks in detail at the uniforms of foot soldiers, non-commissioned officers, and officers of Napoleon I's Imperial Guard - from Marengo to Waterloo. This first volume deals with infantry, grenadiers, light infantrymen and artillerymen - the soldiers of "the old guard of Emperor Napoleon I". Their rich and various uniforms, their flags, insigna and equipment are all recreated in over 50 pages of full colour plates using computer graphic technology.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Histoire & Collections; illustrated edition edition (31 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 291390324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2913903241
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,729,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick @ handy book for modellers and wargamers 17 Dec 2002
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Lots of colourful uniform drawings of all the units of the French Imperial Guard and quick info references. Although the sources are not extense, this is a perfect reference book for painting your wargame armies or just to have a colourful introduction to Imperial Guard Uniforms. Many questions could arise from details if you are an expert but this is not the goal of this book. Just enjoy the history in colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Garde Imperiale 31 May 2002
By Kevin F. Kiley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent introduction to the troupes a pied of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. It is not meant as a definitive study, but it does cover the foot troops (infantry, artillery, supporting services, pupilles) of the Guard quite thoroughly. Using computer generated graphics that appear in the books of FG Hourtoulle and produced by Histoire et Collections, it is an astonishing achievement in the presentation of the myriad regiments that made up the Guard at its height.
It has a few minor errors on the first go round, such as not giving the Fusiliers-Grenadiers queue's like the Old Guard infantry, which the regiment earned for valiant service. however, the overall impact of the volume more than makes up for it.
The references used include Rousselot, Rigo, and Michel Petard, all quite reliable and the booklet is logically laid out. I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and will use it often as a quick reference. I bought it sight unseen, taking a gamble and this time came out on the winning end. This volume is highly recommended and it is also recommended that it be used with John Elting's superb Napoleonic Uniforms, Volume II, as well as any and all Rousselot plates you can get your hands on. This booklet will be especially useful for wargamers and figure painters and it is highly recommended.
There will be a second volume on mounted troops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bang for the Buck 29 Jun 2003
By Gary Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I own a pretty good collection of Napoleonic uniform books including Eltings, Lachouque, Bucquoy, and Funckens just to name a few. Some of these volumes are hundreds of dollars. Andre Jouneau and Jean-Marie Mongin have come up with tremendous uniform books at an extremely low cost. ...It has hundreds of images of the Old Guard, Young Guard, Grenadiers, Chasseurs, and all the major units of The Imperial Guard. It has good color detail and is a great book for people interested in this period. Although I am not a miniature painter I do not think that you could find a better book to illustrate detail in order to paint miniatures. The images in this book are computer generated which can have its pluses and minuses. On the minus side this means that the faces on the images are all pretty much the same and the poses are nearly identical. On the plus side you get numerous images with detail. Overall I enjoy these books more than any other series including Osprey simply becasue of the huge variety of uniforms included. I hope they continue with this series as anticipated. Future works are supposed to be 2 volumes on Napoleonic Hussars. I would pick them up as well. If you have any interest in Napoleonic uniforms do not hesitate to buy these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not short on details 19 April 2003
By Dean M. Motoyama - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's a book that shows practically all aspects of the uniforms of the Guard (foot). Examples of service stripes, NCO rank, shako/bearskin cords, flags, and other accouterments/regalia are clearly illustrated. This is a pure reference book for the "uniformologist." That's why I am very well pleased with it. Easily worth it's price several times over. Can't wait to get the Guard Cavalry one. Also, this is one of the few books I've seen with easy to follow organization charts that help explain the Guard units' composition, history, etc.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I haven't received this item yet...it's been 3 1/2 months 2 Jun 2007
By Susan C. Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
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