HISTORICAL MINIATURES BY GEORGE GRASSE

FRENCH NAPOLEONIC LANCERS OF THE LINE UNIFORMS

FRENCH LANCER REGIMENTS OF THE LINE 1811-15

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REGIMENTAL FACING COLOR AND POSITIONS
TRUMPETERS UNIFORMS
BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

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SOLDAT DU 3e REGIMENT DE CHEVAU-LEGERS LANCIERS DE LIGNE PAINTED BY GEORGE GRASSE

 

REGIMENTAL FACING COLORS AND POSITIONS

Facing color positions are lapels, turnbacks, collar, cuffs, and cuff-flaps.  Dark green facing color positions piped in the facing color.  The lace color of all dragoon regiments was yellow (gold for officers).  Button color of all dragoon regiments was yellow metal (gold for officers).  Jackets and breeches for all regiments was dark green piped in the facing color.  Lance pennants were red over white for all regiments.  Campaign overalls were usually dark green with a facing color stripe down each leg and with reinforced black inseams.

REGIMENTS

NOTE: Lancer regiments were created in 1811 in anticipation of the Russian campaign where Napoleon expected to encounter large numbers of lance-armed cossacks.  The intent was to provide one lancer regiment to each corps' cavalry division.

 

Regiment Facings From Regiment
1 scarlet 1st Dragoons
2 orange 3rd Dragoons
3 pink 8th Dragoons
4 crimson 9th Dragoons
5 sky blue 10th Dragoons
6 madder red 29th Dragoons

 

TRUMPETERS UNIFORMS

In general, trumpeters wore the reverse colors of their regiment.  For example, a trumpeter of the 3rd Lancer Regiment would wear a pink coat with cuffs, cuff-flaps, and collar in dark green piped pink.  However, trumpeter uniforms varied widely at any one time.  Trumpeters typically rode white or gray horses.

 

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TROMPETTE DU 2eme REGIMENT DE LANCIERS DE LIGNE EN CAMPAGNE

 

FRENCH CAVALRY ORGANIZATION AND RANK INSIGNIA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Splendeur des Uniformes de Napoléon: CavalerieÉditions Charles Hérissey, Évereux, France, 2002.  ISBN 2914417071.

L'Armée Française, Plate #'s 7, 20, 25, 86, 96 Dragoons 1804-1815.  Lucien Rousellot.

Napoleon and Austerlitz, "The Glory Years" of 1805-1807, Volume 1.  Scott Bowden, The Emperor's Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1997.  ISBN 0962665576.

Napoleon's Dragoons and Lancers.   Emir Bukhari with colour plates by Angus McBride, Osprey Publishing Ltd, London, 1976.  ISBN 0850452465.

Napoleon's Regiments, Battle Histories of the Regiments of the French Army, 1792-1815.  Digby Smith, Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania, 2000.  ISBN 1850450888.

 

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