While John R Elting's "swords around a Throne" is an excellent book on the Grande Armee, he acknowledged that there were some errors.
On the Napoleon Series Forum a list of errata was published:
The following was posted by George Nafziger in the predecessor to this forum 02 May 1999.
In a recent letter from Colonel John Elting I received a copy of an errata for Swords Around The Throne. He asked that I give it the widest possible distribution, so I have decided to transcribe it on the forum. What better way, eh?
Any spelling or other errors are mine, not his.
In a book such as this, packed with details, I have found that in spite of repeated ditings, I may end up with seeing what should be there, rather than what is actually is. Finding such errors after your book is printed is rather like going to your bureau for a clean shirt - and opening the drawer on a coiled rattlesnake.
As, Swords was published in 1988. we have learned a lot about the Grand Armee since then. This, therefore, is an attempt to bring Swords up to date.
Page 94 - regarding guide unit activated in 1806 for service in Germany (line 7). History is incomplete/incorrect.
"In October 1805, offering generous pay and allowances, Napoleon ordered the formation of two squadrons of retired officers and noncommissioned officers to serve as interprters and messengers. Unable to secure enough qualified volunteers, he ordered each dragoon regiment to provide two qualified soldiers with at least eight years of service. This organisation was disbanded 30 June 1807, the ex-dragoons being assigned to Berthier's guides."
Uniforms, Volume I, Command & Staff, Plate 29.
Page 150 - line 16. "1796" should be "1794". Napoleon was assigned as chief of artillery to the Army of Italy that year, serving also as the commander's brains and meeting Massena and Serurier.
Page 196 - 3rd paragragh. Two more Young Guard companies were added in 1814 to the Guard Genie.
Page 197 - 4th paragraph. It has now been definitely established that the flanquers-chasseurs were formed in 1811, the flanquers-grenadiers in 1813.
Page 253 - line 15 from bottom. The veteran cannoneers also had red turnbacks.
Page 370 - line 13. Official date for the formation of the Chasseurs d'Orient was 1802.
Page 371 - line 13. "1800" should be "1802".
Page 411 - line 14. "1800-February 1801" should be "1790-February 1791".
Page 450 - lines 9-10. The diamond plate shako plate had been introduced in 1810, but was not universally adopted. The 1812 plate was an "eagle on a crescent." Both were worn in 1813, and probably in 1814.
Page 660 - line 18 from the bottom. "soldiers" should be "artillerymen". Barbanegne's total garrison was approximately 3,500 almost all reluctant national guards.
Page 724 - XXVI. Strategy & Tactics - Note 7, line 2. "feet" should be "yards".
I seem to recollect that some years ago there was a longer list set on Elting's own personnel website (I did have a copy but unfortunately the longer list has been misplaced
). Does anyone have a copy of this longer set of errata (or even Elting's old website address so that I can try the "Wayback machine" to see if it can throw up the full list)?