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Post Captain 19 Sep 07 12:27

Best Uniform
 
Who would you consider were the smartest looking troops of the Napoleonic wars? would it be the French Imperial guard grenadier, the Prussian garde du corps, the Russian lifeguards, the 95th rifles or the Polish lancers, or any other unit of that period. Don't forget they would have looked a bit different when on campaign.


http://www.tikaro.com/images/blog/hussars.jpghttp://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Barracks/3050/n16.jpg



http://www.mont-saint-jean.com/cent_...ltigeurs)a.pnghttp://www.wmboothdraper.com/Pattern...p-040color.jpghttp://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Barracks/3050/n6.jpg

Consul 20 Sep 07 01:03

Frankly, I was always impressed by the French cuirassiers and carabiniers. Sure, their breastplates and helmets were hopelessly outdated, but they were still incredible looking!

http://www.italywithus.com/ezine/012...d%20_3.gif
http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...0&d=1182992159

Zouave 20 Sep 07 01:57

My three favorite uniforms are:

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

http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/4061/officersej0.jpg

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/607/redlanca.jpg


French Carabiniers a cheval (Heavy Cavalry)

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/3815/carabitf9.jpg

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9004/frecargh9.jpg


French Cuirassiers (Heavy Cavalry)

http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/2718/cuirfk5.jpg

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/4...cui1015mk5.jpg

Airchallenged 20 Sep 07 02:12

I have to agree that those Red Lancers look pretty dashing.

I cannot thing of a favorite uniform.

Swampwolf 20 Sep 07 03:23

As it happens, I like uniforms the same color I like my vehicles: White or Black. Something is really nice about a uniform that has a good cut and stands apart like that.

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/3...gergrenlt3.jpg
Austrian Grenadiers (I think that these particular ones, which I like, are in the Hungarian style though)

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3746/hussarau7.jpg
Prussian Hussars

I'm a big Hussar fan though, maybe the way Zouave has an affinity for his chosen type of soldier, I like the experienced and grisled look of the Hussar. Napoleon's Hussars didn't have as good a uniform but they looked pretty good too.

Zouave 20 Sep 07 09:28

I'm also a fan of Hussars, Swampwolf.

"News from the front" by Mark Churms. Chasseur a cheval of Napoleon's Guard Cavalry ( left ) discusses the latest information on the French Army's progress during the Austrian campaign of 1809, brought to the town by a fellow captain of the 9th Hussars.

http://img127.imageshack.us/img127/8...aguarhujt5.jpg


Study of a gunner of the French Guard Horse Artillery, by Keith Rocco.

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/3...rdhorseart.jpg
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/385/guahorartcn3.jpg

Cambronnne 20 Sep 07 10:23

My favorite uniform?
Um mine....:D
(See above)

After that, I think the cuirassier is the smartest looking one. Armor, though somewhat outdated was still impressive looking and useful.

Canuckster 20 Sep 07 22:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zouave (Post 765910)
I'm also a fan of Hussars, Swampwolf.

"News from the front" by Mark Churms. Chasseur a cheval of Napoleon's Guard Cavalry ( left ) discusses the latest information on the French Army's progress during the Austrian campaign of 1809, brought to the town by a fellow captain of the 9th Hussars.

http://www.markchurms.com/Merchant2/graphics/news-l.jpg


Study of a gunner of the French Guard Horse Artillery, by Keith Rocco.

http://www.keithrocco.com/images/exh...0Artillery.jpg

The coat slung over the left arm may have looked dashing but did they actually go into battle with it worn as such?

These are definately beautiful unifroms, I'm thinking about painting figures and most definately it will be Napoleonic but something I've always wondered as these unitorms must have been as cumbersome as all hell in battle. The hats alone must have been a nightmare, probably falling over the eyes at the most inappropriate times. Was there ever any consideration for less formal attire in consideration of more effective wear during battle? Or was esprit de corps the be-all and end-all?

Miss Saigon 21 Sep 07 01:23

Based solely on the pictures here I must say I think less is more. Therefore, I like the Scots Greys.

Salinator 21 Sep 07 02:48

Zouave.

This looks to be the most comfortable:

http://www.5nyzouave.org/French_Zoua...d_Postcard.jpg

Zouave 21 Sep 07 10:07

The campaign uniform is different from the parade uniform
 
Important note: In my first post, I posted the parade and full uniforms of the Red Lancers.

Campaign or battle dress:

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/4600/redlanc2.jpg


Trumpeters:

http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/2811/redlanc3.jpg

Cap. Teancum 21 Sep 07 10:20

Lot's of awsome paintings Zouave. Obrigado.

Zouave 21 Sep 07 12:48

Canuckster,

The coat slung over the left arm is called pelisse. The dolman and fur-edged pelisse were heavily braided parts of hussar's flamboyant outfit. The pelisse cost a little fortune ( the pelisse cost 216 francs and the whole uniform for infantrymen cost approx. 250 francs ). The pelisse was worn in several ways:

-On campaign: It was worn over the dolman when the weather was cold.
-On campaign: It was worn instead of the dolman.
-On parade, review, etc: Slung over the left shoulder.

But most often the fur-edged pelisse was left in depot, instead only the lighter dolman was worn. They became so damaged already during the first campaign ( 1805 ), that they were not taken by the rank and file. The cost of reparing the pelisse was high even for the Chasseurs a cheval ( light cavalry ) of the French Guard that only some officers could afford it. The Guard Chasseurs wore pelisses until 1805 campaign and at Austerlitz ( worn over dolmans ). During every next campaign only officers and some NCOs wore them.

This link will answer most of your questions.

http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/na..._uniforms.html

Post Captain 21 Sep 07 12:57

http://www.napoleon-online.de/phpBB2...inkent_164.jpghttp://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/95th.jpg

I much prefer the 95th rifles uniform, very smart when they are not on campaign.

Zouave 22 Sep 07 12:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cap. Teancum (Post 766489)
Lot's of awsome paintings Zouave. Obrigado.

De nada, ou como dizem em Portugal, não seja por isso. http://perso.orange.fr/moustache-emp...ages/salut.gif


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