The Chasseurs of the Guard had its origins in the Guides raised by General Bonaparte during his Italian Campaign of 1796 of the Napoleonic Wars. Not only did the Chasseurs prove to be excellent soldiers, but they also served as Napoleon's immediate escort whenever he went on campaign. This book provides an overview of the regimental history of the corps, profiling some of its most memorable personalities, including Jean-Baptise Bessières, Marshal of France, and Prince Eugene de Beauharnais, Commander of the Chasseurs à cheval. The uniforms, guidons and standards of the Consular Guard, later renamed the Imperial Guard, are illustrated throughout the book.
About the Author
Peter Young was born in 1915. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in WWII, and saw extensive action with the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment. He saw post-war service in the Arab Legion, and in 1959 became a reader of military history at the Royal Military Academy. He published and edited numerous books on military history before his death in 1988.