FRENCH YOUNG GUARD 1815

Napoleon's Imperial Guard changed many times during its existence, but in broad terms the 'Old Guard' were the most senior units, the 'Middle Guard' less so and the 'Young Guard' were at the bottom of the heap, though as Guard they still had precedence over the Line. The Young Guard can be defined as those units brought in to enlarge the Guard in 1809, and at least in theory the men could graduate to the Middle Guard and ultimately to the Old Guard.

The uniform of the Young Guard was very similar to the Line regiments, so it was cheaper than the famous Old Guard. Still by 1815 both Guard and Line suffered from lack of supplies and experienced men, As an economy measure the sabre had been taken away from these tirailleurs of the Young Guard in 1813, and they had adopted a single shoulder belt which carried both the cartridge pouch and bayonet frog. All the rankers in this set are wearing their usual double-breasted greatcoats, which conceals their uniform, or perhaps lack of it. They also have covers on their shakos, so hiding all the usual decoration apart from the pompom.

These figures could also be used to represent Line fusilers in greatcoats

 

Scale 1/72 Hat Figures

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