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Napoleonic EraDiscuss the many wars fought around the globe around the time of Napoleon. This forum is dedicated to the memory of Ben Weider and our late friend and long time ACG Staff member, Michael Brown, better known here as Post Captain.
In March 1813, Marshal Bessieres incorporated the squadron of the
Lithuanian Tartars, now reduced to 50 men and 3 officers, into the debris of
the 3rd Regiment of Lancers of the Guard, itself raised in Lithuania. This
unfortunate regiment, created in July, was totally destroyed on October 19,
1812 at Slonim. The only survivors came from its depot. The strength of the
Tartar squadron was recorded at 24 men on June 22, and at 26 Tartars on
July 11, of which 6 still wore the old uniforms. Shortly thereafter on
December 9, in a desire to strengthen the 1st Regiment of Lancers of the
Guard, which was in fact Polish, Bessieres incorporated the 3rd Lancers,
including the Lithuanian Tartars, into it. As independent formations, the two
Lithuanian units in the Imperial Guard ceased to exist. The Polish and
Lithuanian contingents in the French army seemed destined to merge.