Introduction /Raising the regiment: the Imperial Decree of 15 April 1806 - recruitment /Naming - the Empress Josephine /Uniforms and equipment /1807: the Eylau and Friedland campaign - enlargement of regiment /1808 and 1810: service in Spain /1809: Essling and Wagram campaign /1812: raising and absorption of Young Guard squadron - service in Russia /1813: German campaign; battles of Bautzen, Wachau and Leipzig - reinforcement by regiment of Eclaireurs /1814: Campaign of France - defence of Champagne - battles of Brienne, Champaubert, Montmirail, Chateau-Thierry, Vauchamps, Montereau, Rheims, Craonne, Arics, St Dizier /Paris - the First Abdication - disbandment and re-raising as Corps Royal de Dragons de France /1815: the Hundred Days - Ligny and Waterloo - final disbandment /Bibliography
Lavishly illustrated and based on a wealth of archival sources, this study by noted authority Ronald Pawly celebrates the colourful history and appearance of the Dragoons of Napoleon's Imperial Guard, a legendary regiment that fought with the Emperor in many famous battles across Europe.
Ronald Pawly was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1956 and still lives and works in that city. He is a respected member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies, and an expert on 19th-century military portraiture. He is the author of the monumental The Red Lancers: Anatomy of a Napoleonic Regiment (Crowood Press, 1998), and of a study of Napoleonic veterans' tombs in Belgium. This is the eighth volume on the cavalry of Napoleon's Imperial Guard written by Ronald Pawly for Osprey.