In the Service of the Emperor: The Life and Experiences of the Napoleonic Soldier
May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In this online talk, Napoleonic re-enactor Edward Hammond will offer insights into the realities of military life for the ordinary fusilier in Napoleon’s renowned ‘Grande Armée’, the most professional military force of its day. As traditional historical narratives have given rise to an often unbalanced focus on the ‘great men’ of history, the demanding responsibilities and frequently harsh, unforgiving lives of the unassuming men and women of the times can quite easily go unrecognised. Yet it was these individuals who, in the case of Napoleonic France, fuelled Napoleon’s ambitions for imperial conquest as he sought to stave off the threat posed by the old monarchies of Europe. Many of them, too, were motivated by fervent patriotic feeling and an unwavering loyalty to the Emperor – just one of the many defining characteristics which set the French Imperial army apart from its adversaries. In this presentation, you will have a chance to become familiar with many aspects of daily life in Napoleon’s army, including the interesting minuities of uniform etiquette and regulation, weaponry, battle tactics, and many features of domestic camp life which make up the modern day hobby of Napoleonic re-enactment.
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