The Napoleon Series: What's New?


22 December 2005

An early Christmas present from the Napoleon Series Team! First I would like to congratulate the winners of the 10th Anniversary of the Napoleon Series Contest! The first two contests were extremely hard, while the third gave everyone an opportunity to show their wit! The three winners are:

Category 1: Who is this person and what did he/she have to do with Napoleon?: The Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

Category 2: What's going on in this picture? Andre Day

Category 3: Humour. Kevin Pryor

We close the year by finishing our publication of Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789. This was a massive undertaking. The original document Mark sent us was 346 pages long! We began publishing it seven months ago!

Corps Royal du Génie
Connétablies & Maréchaussées
Hotel des Invalides
Ecoles Militaires    
Extrait des Ordonnances
Corrections to the État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789 (These corrections are part of the original text.)

Greg Gorsuch finishes the Eighth Book of The History of the Imperial Guard

Eighth Book: 1808: The Artillery of the Guard is Augmented
Eighth Book: 1808: The Guard during the Campaign in Spain
Eighth Book: 1808: Composition and Numerical of the Guard

Stephen Millar continues his study of the Prussian army with:

Prussian Colonels-in-Chief 1792-1806: Cuirassier Regiments

Tom Holmberg provides the last review of the year:

Napoleon and the British

On behalf of the Napoleon Series Team, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

15 December 2005

Donald Graves continues with his translation of primary source material on Albuera, with a rare description of the battle from the Spanish perspective!

A German Officer on the Spanish Staff at Albuera, 1811

From Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

Chasseur Regiments
Dragon Régiments: 1 - 10
Dragon Régiments: 11 - 18

From our German language partner, Napoleon Online, we have

Uniform Plates of the Saxon Army: 1805 - 1806

Robert Mosher has started an ambitious new project. He is trying to produce the definitive bibliography of uniform books of our period. The bibliography is annotated and is far from complete. If you wish to add some titles to this list, please contact him at: Robert Mosher

An Annotated Bibliography of Books on Napoleonic Period Uniforms

Tony Broughton reviews the first offering from Military History Press:

Napoleon's Last Grande Armée: Eyewitness Portraits From the 1813 Campaign

Matthew D. Zarzeczny reviews:

Imperial Glory Computer Game

Doug La Follette reviews:

Napoleon for Dummies

30 November 2005

From Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

Régiments de Cavalerie: 11 - 20
Régiments de Cavalerie: 21 - 25

Greg Gorsuch begins with the first chapter of the Eighth Book of The History of the Imperial Guard.

The Sailors

Istvan Nagy completes his study of the Austrian cavalry regiments and their commanders with

Austrian Cavalry Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: the Dragoons

Alexandert Mikaberidze brings us more letters from the Russian Archives in:

Letters of a Russian Officer about Poland, Austrian Dominions and Hungary; with a Detailed Account of the Campaign of the Russians against the French in 1805 and 1806

Stephen Millar continues his study of the Prussian army in:

Prussian Colonels-in-Chief 1792-1806: Hussar Regiments

In our Reviews Section:

Alexander Mikaberidze reviews Stephen Summerfield's

Cossack Hurrah!!: Russian Irregular Cavalry Organization and Uniforms During the Napoleonic War

Anthony Gray reviews Ian Robertson's

Wellington at War in the Peninsula, 1808-1814: An Overview and a Guide

Tom Holmberg reviews David Markham's

Napoleon and Doctor Verling on St Helena

Susan Howard review's Vincent Cronin's

Napoleon Bonaparte: An Intimate Biography

15 November 2005

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2004 Napoleon Series Writing Contest!

We lead off this week with another primary source document on the battle of Albuera from Donald Graves' collection. This time it is a rarity! It is the battle as seen through the eyes of an enlisted soldier!

“We drove them back with charged bayonets:” A King’s German Legion Rifleman at Albuera

From Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

les Régiments Provinciaux
les Bataillons de garnison

Régiments de Cavalerie: 1- 10

Stepen Millar explores the nobility of the Kingdom of Italy in:

Napoleonic Titles in Italy: 1806-1813

Alexander Mikabiderze brings to us from the Russian Archivers:

Artillery Major General Yermolov’s Recollections from the End of the Campaign in Prussia to the Start of the 1812 Campaign

From Istvan Nagy's study of the Austrian cavalry regiments and their commanders

The Hussars

Tom Holmberg reviews Robert Goetz's

1805: Austerlitz

31 October 2005

Steven Millar completes a major study of the Holy Roman Empire in:

The Holy Roman Empire’s Imperial Diet: Electoral Votes in 1792

Alexander Mikabiderze translates more documents from the Russian Archives

Excerpts from the Chronicles of the Elisavetgrad Hussar Regiment

From Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

Grenadiers-Royaux
The Hussars

Greg Gorsuch continues to translate the Seventh Book of The History of the Imperial Guard.

Fetes Given to the Imperial Guard on Its Return from Campaigns in Prussia and Poland, in November 1807, by the City of Paris

Donald Graves provides another primary source document on Albuera, with

"The contest was arduous, and our situation was critical:" Major-General William ("Auld Grog Willie") Stewart Reports on the 2nd Division at Albuera, May 1811

More from Istvan Nagy and his study of the Austrian cavalry regiments and their commanders

The Chevauxlegers

We close with a pair of reviews from Alexander Mikaberidze:

The Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire
Napoleon's Carabiniers

15 October 2005

More from Greg Gorsuch's translation of The History of the Imperial Guard.

Seventh Book: 1807 First Chapter: Creation of the Regiment of Polish Lancers
Seventh Book: 1807 Second Chapter: The Guard, during the Two Polish Campaigns, in 1807

In an unusual piece, Stephen Millar writes about

France’s Royal and Imperial Crown Jewels: 1792-2005

Istvan Nagy conintues his study of the Austrian cavalry regiments and their commanders

The Uhlans

From Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

81st - 90th Infantry Regiments
90th - 100th Infantry Regiments
101st - 104th Infantry Regiments

Donald Graves provides another primary source document related to Albuera:

"Three times the French was take the bridge:" A King's German Legion Officer at Albuera, May 1811

Tom Miller looks at the early experience of Napoleon in:

Before Brumaire: Napoleon's Development as a Ruler 1796-98

A pair of reviews from Tom Miller:

Napoleon and His Parents: on the Threshold of History

Napoleon: For and Against

One of the great things about publishing on the internet is that when new information comes available on a previously published article, it is relatively easy to add it. Both of the following articles have additions to them because a reader contacted the author and offered further information.

Austrian Kurassier Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815

Austrian Order-of-Battle at Rivoli: 14-15 January 1797

30 September 2005

In a piece that is sure to cause some heated debate, Donald Graves looks at

"We Have an Immediate Opening:" The Seniority of Brigade Commanders in the Peninsular Army, 1812

Istvan Nagy begins a study of Austrian Cavalry:

Austrian Kurassier Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815

Stefan Spett writes about the little known 1808 Swedish invasion of Norway:

A Vicious Combat in the Norwegian Woods: 1808

Stephen Millar looks at the French nobility after the Restoration in 1814:

French Ducal Order of Precedence: Restoration Chamber of Peers List (4 June 1814)

Tom Holmberg examines

The d'Enghien Affair: Crime or Blunder?

From Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

61st - 64th Infantry Regiments (Includes the Royal Artillery Regiment)
65th - 70th Infantry Regiments
71st - 80th Infantry Regiments

Alan Callender updates two of his bibliographies:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2005

A Bibliography of French "Staff" Histories or More Precisely: Histories "publie sous la direction de la Section Historique de l'etat-major de l'armee"

For those who can not make up their mind to buy a book or not, we have extracts from two of Greenhill's newest books:

The Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire: How the Emperor Self-Destructed

1805: Austerlitz

We close with a review by David McCracken of

With Napoleon's Guns: The Military Memoirs of an Officer of the First Empire

15 September 2005

More from Greg Gorsuch and his translation of Saint Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Book 5: 1806: Chapter One: The New Organization of the Guard
Book 5: 1806: Chapter Two: The Names

Alex Mikaberidze translates another memoir from the Russian Archives. This time it is:

Memoir of Admiral Paul Andreyevich Kolzakov: the Capture of General Vandamme 18 August 1813

Donald Graves provides us with a French general's perception of his enemies:

A French General Views His Enemy: Général de Division Maximilien Foy Analyzes the British Army

Stephen Millar looks at the Prussian "Pour le Merite" Award:

Awards of the ‘Pour le Merite’ to Prussian General Officers 1792-1815

More from Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

41st - 50th Infantry Regiments
51st - 60th Infantry Regiments

Frank Müller reviews Digby Smith's latest:

The Decline and Fall of Napoleon's Empire

We close with a final map from João Centeno:

Sabugal: 3 April 1811

31 August 2005

By the beginning of the 19th Century, there was a body of laws that governed warfare. These laws either evolved through custom and / or were formalized by treaty. Susan Howard translates for us, a copy of these in laws in:

The Laws of War: Extracts from "A Précis Of The Laws Of The Modern Nations Of Europe Based On Treaties And On Custom."

Donald Graves brings us a piece, drawn on contemporary sources, of women serving in the British Army:

"Such a woman seldom appears": The Curious Tales of Sergeant Sarah Taylor of the 15th Light Dragoons and Trooper Johanna Stain of the King's German Legion

In Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789, we have:

21st - 30th Infantry Regiments
31st - 40th Infantry Regiments
The Light Infantry

Tom Holmberg looks at how Napoleon suppressed dissent in Bavaria in 1806:

The Execution of Johann Philipp Palm

Stephen Millar finishes his study of the Prussian Infantry Regiments in 1806:

Disposition of Prussian Infantry Regiments for the 1806 Campaign

More maps from João Centeno:

Vitoria (Campaign Map)
Vitoria (Tactical Map)
The Assault on San Sebastian: 31 August 1813
The Battles of 10 December 1813

And a review of:

Wellington's Navy: Sea Power and the Peninsular War 1807 - 1814

15 August 2005

Donald E. Graves provides us with a translation into English, along with anotating the key personnel mentioned in the report:

Soult's Report on the Battle of Albuera, 16 May 1811

Stephen Millar continues his study of the Prussian Infantry Regiments:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806: Jagern zu Fuss Regiment

In celebration of 100 years of Norwegian independence, Martin Sandbeken looks at an abortive attempt for independence in 1814.

The Norwegian-Swedish War of 1814

In Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789, we have:

11th - 20th Infantry Regiments

Greg Gorsuch continues his translation of Saint Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Fifth Book: The Guard in 1805

More of Mark Webb's REGLEMENT Concernant l’exercice et les Manœuvres de l’Infanterie: Du 1er août 1791

Titre Troisieme: Ecole de Peloton

From our partner website Napoleon Online:

Swedish Uniforms, circa 1810 by Schiavonetti

For those who like the Portuguese maps provided by João Centeno, we have some more!

Rolica: 17 August 1808
Battle of the Pyrennees: Marshal Soult's Plan of Operations 25 - 30 July 1813
Battle of the Pyrennees: Sorauren 28 July 1813

Tom Holmberg reviews Alexander Mikaberidze's 

The Russian Officer Corps in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815

31 July

Mark Webb continues to find primary source documents for us. This time it is: REGLEMENT Concernant l’exercice et les Manœuvres de l’Infanterie: Du 1er août 1791 Because it is such a large document, we will be placing it on the Series in installments.

Titre Premier: Formation d’un régiment en bataille
Titre Seconde: École de soldat

Greg Gorsuch has more of Saint Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Fourth Book, Chapter 3: Ranks of the Soliders of the Imperial Guard in 1804
Fourth Book, Chapter 4: Military Household of the Emperor in 1804
Fourth Book, Chapter 5: Distribution of the Crosses of the Legion of Honor in 1804

João Centeno provides a handy chart:

Portuguese Army Ranks and Their British Equivalents

In Mark Webb's État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789, we have:

1st - 10th Infantry Regiments

Stephen Millar looks at Prussian dragoon regiments:

Prussian Colonels-in-Chief 1792-1806: Dragoon Regiments

We close with a review from Tom Holmberg:

To Befriend an Emperor: Betsy Balcombe's Memoirs of Napoleon on St. Helena

15 July

The Imperial Guard is back! Greg Gorsuch has more of Saint Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Fourth Book, Chapter 1: Organization, Uniforms, and Armaments in 1804
Fourth Book, Chapter 2: Pay and Allowances in 1804

More from Mark Webb on État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789. This time on the Royal Guard:

Maison du Roi, Gardes du Corps       
Geni-Seisses  
Gardes de la Prévôte de l’Hôtel       
Gardes-Francoises    
Gardes-Suisses          
Gardes-du-Corps de Monsieur       
Compagnie des Suisses de Monsieur       
Gardes-du-Corps de M. le Comte d’Artois         
Compagnies des Suisses de M. le Comte d’Artois

And more from Stephen Millar on Prussian Infantry Regiments:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806: Regiments 51 - 60

Caroline Miley has translated another biography by José Manuel Rodriguez of a Spanish general. This time it is of on one of the best Spanish generals of the era:

José de Zayas

30 June

An article by Stefan Spatt on four actions that were not "Undigbyfied as Battles":

Four Actions in Finland during the Russian-Swedish War of 1808-09

More from Mark Webb on État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

Chevaliers, Commandeurs de l’Ordre du Saint-Esprit
Chevaliers, Grand-Croix & Commandeurs de l’Ordre de Saint-Louis
Ordre du Mérite Militaire

Stephen Millar continues his study of Prussian infantry regiments:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806: Regiments 41 - 50

More maps from João Centeno!

Oporto: 12 May 1809
Fuentes d'Orno: 3 May 1811
Operations of General Hill: 1811
Operations around Madrid and Burgos: 1812
Nivelle: 10 December 1813
Nivelle: Attack on the Center 10 December 1813
Nivelle: Attack on the Right 10 December 1813
Passage of the Nive: 13 December 1813
Orthez: the Retreat of Marshal Soult 1814
Orthez: 1814

Alan Callender updates his Gallica bibliographies:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2005

15 June

João Centeno provides us with maps of the Peninsular War. These maps come from História da Guerra Civil e do Estabelecimento do Governo Parlamentar em Portugal: Comprehendendo a história diplomatica, militar e política d'este reino desde 1777 até 1834 which was published between 1866 and 1893. All maps are in color. They are unique for not only do they provide a Portuguese perspective of the battles and campaigns, they highlight where the Portuguese units were in the battle! We will be publishing them over the next three updates. The first set of maps are:

Albuera: 16 May 1811
Almaraz: 18 - 19 May 1812
Badajoz: March - April 1812
Bayonne: 1814
Burgos: 1812
The Campaign in Portugal in 1808
Ciudad Rodrigo: January 1812
Action on the Coa River: 1810
El Bodon: 1811
Assualt on the Forts at Salamanca: 1812

More translations by Greg Gorsuch of Emil Marco de St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Third Book, Chapter 2: New Organization of the Consular Guard

Mark Webb continues with his État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

Brigadiers d’infanterie, Cavalerie & Dragons         
Officiers superieurs morts  
Recapitulation
Divisions       
Marchaux des Logis             
Commissaires des Guerres  

Stephen Millar explores:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806: Regiments 31 - 40

31 May

João Centeno provides us with a pair of articles on generals in the Portuguese Army:

General Officers in the Portuguese Army
British Officers Serving as General Officers in the Portuguese Army

Greg Gorsuch continues with his translation of Emil Marco de St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Third Book, Chapter 1: Consular Guard
Third Book, Chapter 1: Summary of the Campaigns of the Consular Guard in Italy

We also have the next installment of Mark Webb's edition of État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789

Maréchaux de France
Leur Tribunal 
Lieutenants-Généraux des Armées du Roi                      
Marécaux de Camp    

Stephen Millar exams:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806: Regiments 21 - 30

15 May

In another first for the Series, Mark Webb has produced electronically État Militaire de France pour l'année 1789. This is a massive undertaking, with the finished product being over 340 pages long! We will be publishing it in installments, the first two being:

Chapitre premier: Ministere de la Guerre.

Chapitre 2: Gouvernements des Provinces & Etats-Majors des Places du Royaume: Paris - Monaco
Chapitre 2: Gouvernements des Provinces & Etats-Majors des Places du Royaume: Languedoc - Auvergne
Chapitre 2: Gouvernements des Provinces & Etats-Majors des Places du Royaume: Foiz - Corse

Greg Gorsuch has translated Book II of Emil Marco de St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard.

Book II: Origin of the Imperial Guard: Guard of the Convention and the Directorate

Jose Manuel Rodriguez provides a pair of biographies on Spanish Generals:

General Joaquín Blake y Joyes
Pedro Caro y Sureda, 3rd Marquis of la Romana

More on Prussian colonels-in-chief from Stephen Millar:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806: Regiments 11 - 20

We finish with Part III of Philip Eagles' Ney Trilogy:

After Waterloo

30 April

Greg Gorsuch starts a new project -- he is translating into English, Emil Marco de St. Hilaire's massive work on the French Imperial Guard. This work was first published in 1845 and the author interviewed many veterans of the Guard for the book! The work consists of 40 "books" and this week we publish the first ever, English translation of Book I!

The History of the Imperial Guard

Book I: Preliminaries -- Character of the Imperial Guard Aspect, in Regard to Morals, Politics and Military

Stephen Millar examines Prussian colonels-in-chief in:

Prussian Infantry Regimental Colonels-in-Chief 1792 - 1806

Part II of Philip Eagles' short stories:

The Ney Trilogy: Ney Returns to Paris

Caroline Miley continues to translate articles from Spanish sites. This time she tackles a biography of Gregorio García de la Cuesta, written by Jose Manuel Rodriguez and Arsenio Garcia Fuentes:

Gregorio García de la Cuesta

Tom Holmberg reviews a reprint of:

Metternich: the Autobiography, 1773 - 1815

Alan Callender updates his Gallica bibliographiey:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2005

15 April

In our first foray into publishing fiction, Philip Eagles has written a trilogy of short stories about Marshal Ney. The first is:

The Ney Trilogy: the 6th Corps at Friedland

Two from Stephen Millar:

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Feld-Jaeger Battalions
Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Proprietor Surname Index

Kevin Kiley reviews Osprey's Napoleonic Artillery Books. This is a collective review of their five latest offerings on artillery of our era, including:

British Napoleonic Artillery 1793-1815 (1), Field Artillery
British Napoleonic Artillery, 1793-1815 (2), Siege and Coastal Artillery
Napoleonic Naval Armaments 1792-1815
Napoleon's Guns 1792-1815 (1), Field Artillery
Napoleon's Guns, 1792-1815 (2), Heavy and Siege Artillery.

Stephen Millar has done a major re-write of his study of Austrian infantry regiments. This version provides a lot of new information.

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: 1st - 10th Regiments
Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: 11th - 20th Regiments
Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: 21st - 30th Regiments
Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: 31st - 40th Regiments
Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: 41st - 50th Regiments

We close with an update to our bibliography of British Memoirs:

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

31 March

From Stephen Millar:

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Line Infantry Regiments Nrs. 61 - 64

From our partner website Napoleon Online:

The Pinhas Uniform Plates of the Westphalian Army: 1811 - 1812

In our Statistical Abstract -- something for the gunners!

Composition of a Carcase
Dimensions and Weights of a Oblong Carcase
Dimensions and Weights of a Round Carcase
Size and Weight of Ammunition Boxes
Weight of Ammo Boxes When Filled with Howitzer Shells
Weight of Ammo Boxes When Filled with Shot and Powder
Weight of Ammo Boxes When Filled with Shot without Powder
Weight of Musket Balls

15 March

Paul Dawson looks at the uniforms of the Chasseurs-à-Pied of the Guard in:

Uniforms of the Chasseurs-à-Pied de la Garde

Stephen Millar looks at the Austrian order-of-battle:

Austrian Order-of-Battle at Rivoli: 14-15 January 1797

More Russian regimental studies from Alexander Mikaberidze:

Yakutsk (Yakutski) Musketeer Regiment to Yaroslavl (Yaroslavski) Musketeer Regiment

From Stephen Millar:

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Line Infantry Regiments Nrs. 51 - 60

From our partner website Napoleon Online:

The Ebner Uniform Plates of the Wurttemberg Army in 1807

Many novels of the period talk about the hardship of going on half-pay. For those of you who have wondered what half-pay was:

Half Pay per Day for Cavalry Officers on the English Establishment in 1800
Half Pay per Year for Cavalry Officers on the English Establishment in 1800
Half Pay per Day for Cavalry Officers on the Irish Establishment in 1800
Half Pay per Day for Foot Officers on the English Establishment in 1800
Half Pay per Year for Foot Officers on the English Establishment in 1800
Half Pay per Day for Foot Officers on the Irish Establishment in 1800

And a bit more about the British pension system of the era:

Annual Pension to the Widows of the Officers of the Land Forces in 1800
Pay and Allowance for Companies of Invalids in 1800

28 February

Stephen Millar examines the political situation in Spain:

King Joseph I’s Government in Spain and its Empire

Alexander Mikaberidze provides primary source material from the Russian State Archives:

Lieutenant General Peter Bagration’s Report to General Mikhail Kutuzov on Actions at Austerlitz
General Buxhöwden’s Report to General Kutuzov on the Battle of Austerlitz
Lieutenant General Miloradovich’s Report to General Kutuzov on the Battle of Austerlitz

More Russian regimental studies from Alexander Mikaberidze:

Izmail (Izmailski) Infantry Regiment to Irkutsk (Irkutski) Dragoon Regiment

From Stephen Millar!

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Line Infantry Regiments Nrs. 41 - 50

Caroline Miley translates from the Spanish language website: Guerra de la Independencia Espanola 1808-1814

The Spanish at Talavera (28-7-1809)

In the past year we have received many articles dealing with awards, so I have created a new section. It is Decorations and Awards of the Napoleonic Era In addition to the articles covering the Armes d'Honeur that Tony Broughton wrote and the piece on the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece by Stephen Millar, it includes new ones from our German language partner: Napoleon Online. These are:

Baden: the Order of Fidelity and the Order of Military Merit
Bavaria: the Orders of Saint Hubert, the Palatinate Lion, and Maximilian-Joseph
Denmark: the Orders of the Elephant and Dannebrog
Hesse-Darmstadt: the Order of Saint Ludwig

15 February

Luis Sorando continues to study flags of the Peninsula War. This time he looks at trophies captured by the British:

Trophies Taken by the British from the Napoleonic Army during the War of Spanish Independence (Peninsular War) 1808 - 1814

Trofeos Tomados Por Los Británicos Al Ejercito Napoleónico Durante La Guerra De La Independencia Española ( Peninsular War) 1808 – 1814

Stephen Millar looks at the Golden Fleece of Spain and how it was awarded during the years 1808 - 1813:

Nominations to the Order of Golden Fleece by King Joseph I of Spain

Alexander Mikaberidze continues his translation of "Chefs and Commanders of the Regular Regiments of the Russian Army 1796-1815". This installment is:

Derpt (Derptski) Dragoon Regiment to Life Guard Dragoon (Leib-Gvardii Dragunski) Regiment

More regimental studies from Stephen Millar!

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Line Infantry Regiments Nrs. 31 - 40

An update by Moisés Gaudêncio to his bibliography on Portuguese sources:

A Portuguese Bibliography of the Peninsular War and French Invasions of Portugal

Alan Callender updates two of his bibliographies:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2005

A Bibliography of French "Staff" Histories or More Precisely: Histories "publie sous la direction de la Section Historique de l'etat-major de l'armee"

We close with a review by Christopher Gibbs of a new biography of Napoleon:

Napoleon: A Political Life

31 January

For those interested in the Prussian Army of 1806, our German language partner, Napoleon Online, has provided us with copies of contemporary uniform prints of the 1806 Prussian Army!

Prussian Uniforms Published by Schiavonetti in 1806

Tony Broughton looks at the Croatian Regiments in Napoleon's service:

Regiments d’Infanterie Etrangers and the Colonels who led them during the period 1804-1815: Regiments Croates

Officer Casualties Suffered by the Regiments d’Infanterie Etrangers during the period 1804-1815: The Regiments Croates

Greg Gorsuch finishes his study of the French order-of-battle during the Golymin Pultusk Campaign:

Garde Impériale (11 November 1806)

Stephen Millar continues with his study of Austrian infantry regiments:

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Line Infantry Regiments Nrs. 21 - 30

Alan Callender completes his survey of material added to Gallica during 2004:

A List of Material added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2004

In the Statistical Abstract we have tables showing the cost of a purchase of a commission in the British Army:

Price of Commission in Dragoon Guards and Dragoons in 1800
Price of Commission in Foot Guards in 1800
Price of Commission in Foot Regiments in 1800
Price of Commission in Horse Guards in 1800

15 January

I am pleased to announce that the Series is expanding into a new enterprise. We have become partners with the German language website Napoleon Online and have begun sharing material with them. They will be publishing on their site articles from the Napoleon Series that are translated into German, while we will be publishing English translations of their articles. If you have contributed an article to the Napoleon Series, we will obtain permission from you prior to permitting Napoleon Online to publish it in German. If you can speak German and are interested in translating some of their articles into English, please send me an e-mail. Robert Burnham

The first item we have from Napoleon Online is a table of contents to the German language Napoleonic History magazine "Depesche". It was published from the early 1980s to 1996 and had a run of 28 issues. Many of the issues had color images and drawings. This is a listing of the contents for all of the issues and includes links to online copies of each issue. "Depesche" is in German and the files are in pdf format.

Table of Contents of the Noted German Language Magazine "Depesche"

Tony Broughton looks at the individual honors given to members of the French guard in:

Armes d’Honneur Awarded to the Regiments de la Garde Impériale

Greg Gorsuch continues with his study of the French at Golymin:

7th Corps: 15 December 1806

7th Corps: 10 January 1807

7th Corps: 21 January 1807 s

Stephen Millar adds to his study of Austrian infantry regiments:

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792-1815: Line Infantry Regiments Nrs. 11 - 20

Caroline Miley translates another article:

The Honourable Militia of Corunna in 1808: Antecedents and Uniform

The year 2005 marks the eleventh year that the Napoleon Series has been on the internet. We continue to grow at an incredible rate and now have over 8,500 items on the Series -- over 5,000 articles and 3,500 images of battlefields, monuments, uniforms, personalities, weapons, and maps. We added almost 2000 new items during 2004!

The Napoleon Series is truly a team effort. I first would like to thank all of those who contributed articles and material to our twice monthly update. These articles are the heart of the Series and are what make it the great place that it is! I did a quick count of the number of different contributors and there were over 40 from fifteen different countries! They come from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Georgia, Holland, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. If I forgot someone, please accept my apologies in advance!

Many people supported the Series over the past year. The first thank-you goes to the numerous people who donated items for our annual auction and also shopped at it! Their support allows us to keep the Series going!

We are also sponsored by the International Napoleonic Society, Greenhill Books, and the Nafziger Collection. Their unwavering support over years has been instrumental to the continuing success of the Napoleon Series!

I would be amiss if I did not publicly thank all of the editors who are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Series. In alphabetical order are:

Tony Broughton, the Research Editor. He has always been there to answer even the most obscure question! Few are aware, that many of the images that we use to illustrate the articles come from his private collection!

Tom Holmberg, the Reviews Editor. Every review published on the Series is edited by Tom first! He is a font of knowledge on British laws and treaties and has provided many statistics for the Statistical Abstract.

David Markham, Editor and Liaison with the International Napoleonic Society. David provides us with much valuable support and coordination with our sponsor.

Our Forum Moderators and Editors:

Howie Muir and David McCracken: The two of them have done a superb job keeping the Series reputation for having the most scholarly and civil of all Forums on the internet!

Alexander Mikaberidze, Editor. Alex is our resident expert on the Russian Army of our era and continues to bring to light material that had not been previously published in English.

 

 

Enjoy!!

Robert Burnham
Editor-in-Chief
The Napoleon Series

 

 



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