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HELMET - MILITARY - NAPOLEONIC GENERAL - IMPERIAL GUARD 2ND LIGHT HORSE LANCERS For Sale
HELMET - MILITARY - NAPOLEONIC GENERAL - IMPERIAL GUARD 2ND LIGHT HORSE LANCERS :
MAGNIFICENT MINT-CONDITIONMUSEUM-QUALITY REPLICA OF THE HEADGEAR WORN BY A GENERAL OFFICER of the 2ndRegiment of Napoleon's elite Guard Lancers.
In 1810, Imperial Franceannexed the Kingdom of Holland. The Kingdom's Royal Guard contained a regimentof horse guards that combined squadrons of cuirassiers and hussars.
Napoleon decreed thosesquadrons be disbanded and that their men be transferred to his Imperial Guardand retrained to become a new regiment of light horse lancers modeled on theexisting Polish Guard Lancer regiment.
Soon to become famed as"The Red Lancers" their brilliant and dashing new scarlet uniform was, except for thecolour, a duplicate of that worn by their Polish comrades.
Commanded by the hard-driving new colonel, Baron Edouard Colbert (1774-1853) the elite lancers distinguished themselves in the disastrous 1812 invasion of Russia, in Germany in 1813, and in the Low Countries defense of France in 1814. When Napoleon returned from exile in 1815, the Red Lancers rejoined him and rode in the thundering mass cavalry assaults on the British squares throughout the afternoon at Waterloo with their ferocious Colonel Colbert, one wounded arm in a sling, slashing ahead of them.
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