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  • 2nd regiment of Lighthorse-Lancers of the French Imperial Guard, the famous Red Lancers.






    This uniform was worn by Doctor Larrey, Chief Surgeon of the Grande Armée and Imperial Guard.





    Dr. Larrey is often credited with bringing humanity to the battlefield. Before his arrival on the battlefields of Europe, the wounded were typically left to fend for themselves, resulting in large numbers of deaths that may have been averted. With Enlightment and Revolutionary concepts like the natural rights of man and citizen, it was fast becoming inexcusable to not care for soldiers wounded in the defense of the nation. With thoughts like these but little knowledge of military medicine or how to improve it, some officers supported Larrey and his ideas, and soon his ideas and reform became the de facto standard of the French army. While before Larrey's time some care was given to the wounded, it was usually the wounded's problem, or that of their friends, to transport them to safety and medical help, which clearly could only be conducted after a battle had already been completed, if even then.
    Believing that many lives could be saved if they just received medical help sooner, Larrey invented the flying ambulance...

    Retreating from Waterloo, Larrey, his ambulances, and his escort charged through a Prussian unit blocking their path, but Larrey was hit, knocked unconscious, and left for dead. Upon waking, he set off on his own, only to have a Prussian cavalry squadron hunt him down. All alone, he surrendered, but was immediately manhandled and stripped of almost everything on him. They then took Larrey to a Prussian general, who ordered that he be shot. As a Prussian surgeon stepped forward to bandage his wound before his imminent execution, the surgeon recognized Larrey and convinced the general to not execute Larrey. Larrey was sent first to General Bülow, who improved his condition, giving him new clothes and untying his hands, and then sent him on to Blücher. Larrey had previously treated Blücher's son at Dresden, and Blücher treated him with respect and sent word to his wife that he was alive, as the French had thought Larrey was killed in the retreat from Waterloo.

    In Napoleon's will, he called Larrey, "the most virtuous man I have ever known." At another time, Napoleon said, "If the Army were to erect a monument of the memory of any one man, it should be that of Larrey. All the wounded are his family."

    http://www.virtualarc.com/officers/larrey/
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    • Two regiments of the Old Guard.

      Regiment of Grenadiers a Cheval ( Horse Grenadiers ) of the French Imperial Guard ( aka The Gods ).



      http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/IM...alrygrenadiers


      1st Regiment of Grenadiers a Pied ( Foot Grenadiers ) of the French Imperial Guard.



      http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/IM...nchtheoldguard
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      • More on Larrey.

        During the fighting at Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington noticed a surgeon working on the wounded while under fire. Upon asking who it was and learning that it was Larrey, he directed his men to not fire in Larrey's direction and took off his hat in a salute to Larrey. When asked who he was saluting, Wellington pointed at Larrey and explained, "I salute the courage and devotion of an age that is no longer ours."

        Hurray for Wellington and Larrey!
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        • I am really amazed this thread is still going strong, and members are still inputting excellent posts, thanks to all for the first rate posts.
          Never Fear the Event

          Admiral Lord Nelson

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          • What we need is a forum thats like Achtung Panzer! but dedicated to uniforms and equipment: from 1792 to 1815.

            And this thread could be the foundation

            Paul
            ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
            All human ills he can subdue,
            Or with a bauble or medal
            Can win mans heart for you;
            And many a blessing know to stew
            To make a megloamaniac bright;
            Give honour to the dainty Corse,
            The Pixie is a little shite.

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            • I love these uniforms Zouave. Where did you get the pictures from?

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              • Originally posted by the Iron Duke View Post
                I love these uniforms Zouave. Where did you get the pictures from?

                Musée de l'armée, Paris. I got these pics from a French website.
                My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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                • Here's a few pictures of some mannequins made by Gerry Embleton's TIME MACHINEAG company that provides these works of art to museums throughout the world.

                  1)French Drummer boy; from the retreat from Moscow 'head shot'

                  2)British Recruiting sargeant

                  3)95th Rifleman; Peninsular campaign

                  Paul
                  Attached Files
                  ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                  All human ills he can subdue,
                  Or with a bauble or medal
                  Can win mans heart for you;
                  And many a blessing know to stew
                  To make a megloamaniac bright;
                  Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                  The Pixie is a little shite.

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                  • Really like that Rifleman!
                    SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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                    • Originally posted by dgfred View Post
                      Really like that Rifleman!
                      I haven't got a picture but there is a mannequin of a female camp follower bent double with her red coated husband on her back, wading through the snow, during the retreat to Corunna. It is a fantastic piece of work, that portrays the human suffering of those people during that first month of 1809.

                      Paul
                      ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                      All human ills he can subdue,
                      Or with a bauble or medal
                      Can win mans heart for you;
                      And many a blessing know to stew
                      To make a megloamaniac bright;
                      Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                      The Pixie is a little shite.

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                      • Paul
                        Attached Files
                        ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                        All human ills he can subdue,
                        Or with a bauble or medal
                        Can win mans heart for you;
                        And many a blessing know to stew
                        To make a megloamaniac bright;
                        Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                        The Pixie is a little shite.

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                        • Paul
                          Attached Files
                          ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                          All human ills he can subdue,
                          Or with a bauble or medal
                          Can win mans heart for you;
                          And many a blessing know to stew
                          To make a megloamaniac bright;
                          Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                          The Pixie is a little shite.

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                          • Paul
                            Attached Files
                            ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                            All human ills he can subdue,
                            Or with a bauble or medal
                            Can win mans heart for you;
                            And many a blessing know to stew
                            To make a megloamaniac bright;
                            Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                            The Pixie is a little shite.

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                            • Paul
                              Attached Files
                              ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                              All human ills he can subdue,
                              Or with a bauble or medal
                              Can win mans heart for you;
                              And many a blessing know to stew
                              To make a megloamaniac bright;
                              Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                              The Pixie is a little shite.

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                              • I LOVE these last ones, by all my heart!
                                Qui a composé la chanson ?
                                C'est un tambour du bataillon.
                                Un soir d‘été, en battant la retraite,
                                Pensant à sa mie, que toujours il regrette.

                                ...

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