Jan van Chelminski, 1851–1925
Napoleon with Folded Hands, Seen from the Rear
Nicolas Toussaint Charlet, 1792-1845
The role of the sapper was to clear (or create) obstacles during combat. These men were an elite formation, and like the grenadiers, were selected based on physical stature and good combat record. They were armed with axes, wore bearskins, and beards were mandatory. (Guards sappers wore blue overcoats and helmets, a contrast with the sappers of the line) Line battalions had 4 sappers and 1 sapper corporal whereas the guards had 16. Hussar and Dragoon regiments also had sapper companies, 10 men in total, formed as part of the élite companies and were charged with guarding the regiment’s eagle standard.
Trumpeters of the 2nd regiment of Lighthorse-Lancers of the French Imperial Guard
Born on this day (09/26/1791): Théodore Gericault.
“Mounted Trumpeters of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard”, 1814.
Napoleon Bonaparte During the Italian Campaign
Maurice Toussaint, 1882-1974
Apparently, they had this Napoleonic chocolate on sale at the Jubilé Impérial event at Malmaison this weekend.