Napoleon's Red Lancers
Publication Date: April 2003
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The legendary Dutch 'Red' Lancers - the 2nd Light Horse Lancers of Napoleon's Imperial Guard - were formed in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), after the emperor annexed Holland and its army to France. The former hussars of the Dutch Royal Guard got a handsome new uniform, a new weapon, and a hard-driving new colonel in Baron Edouard Colbert. His lancers distinguished themselves in Russia in 1812, at huge cost; in Germany in 1813, and in the Low Countries in 1814. When Napoleon returned from exile in 1815 the Red Lancers were with him until night fell over Waterloo. Ronald Pawly is the world's leading expert on the archival and pictorial record left by this regiment; his detailed text is illustrated with rare portraits and photographs, and eight glowing colour plates of a surprisingly wide variety of uniforms.
About the Author
Pawly was born in Antwerp, Belgium, where he still lives and works. He is a respected member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies, and his forte is research in the field of military portraiture.Ronald Pawly 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. He has previously written for Osprey Men-at-Arms 355: "Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815"; MAA 371: "Wellington's Dutch Allies 1815"; MAA 371: "Napoleon's Red Lancers"; MAA 378: " Napoleon's Guards of Honour"; and Elite 115: "Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (1): Organization & Personnel." The author lives in Belgium.