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    L’ESTAFETTE… A Blog created in 2009 dedicated to Napoleonic history.
    No idea what the word meant… one site suggests ‘The Courier”- so be it.

    One of the minions deposited deep in the bowels of a much thrashed bookmark system (c’mon you know I’m so anal retentive I have a prioritised reference library right..?) I hadn’t scoured to any degree before.

    Certainly has a diverse, if mostly later part of our era, memoires, letters and ‘official’ captures of personal information on many participants of the period.

    Much like the ‘de Neef’ blogs and books, brings new period material to our eyes.

    On the technical layout, it is slim- a long list of titles adorns the r/hs panel; quick keys/ topics way at the bottom. You can just scroll, every article is ‘front page news’, and the working ‘index panel remains the same.

    Articles are drawn from the authors direct transfer of things like historical magazines, from La Sabretache (1909) etc.

    There are a few illustrations, not many but some are in much larger formats than I’ve seen before, without guarantee as to their accuracy these days!

    All in all a few of the articles provided snippets of useful information, worthy of adding to the growing ‘snippets box’ of data.

    Enjoy reading, cheers d


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    If not crucial, then at least important- a modern historian we should take notice of- numerous Ospreys etc. (won’t hold that against him, he wrote of the difficulties…); so the accumulated comments of Dave Hollins esq. on this site:


    Very up to date compared to 1980s research- he has done much (reading and travel of German and others source material) research to uplift the position of the Austrian K und K Army in English language terms.

    I haven’t been through all 19 pages, but I’m sure to do so,

    regards d

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    Dave Hollins shows up on at least 1 so far Napoleonic Quarterly podcast. He popped in elsewhere that’s how I found them. Have listened to half of them so far.

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    Tue 29 August-

    Just a note to advise that another minor to significant update by M. Frederic Berjaud to his own and compatriot Didier Davins articles on French regiments-

    “Mise à jour 26/08/2023 “

    Again there is one significant new entryLe 15ème Régiment d’Infanterie légère, 1796-1815 “- important if you know them. Nothing too specific on uniforms, but we know these are well covered by the petitsoldats range of historical paper figures.

    Most other entries relate to ‘General’ Neys military memoires and orders for 1800 and again 1808.

    cheers -d

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    -you probably know it well enough. Still places I haven’t explored completly so no surprise I found another gem-


    la Feuille de Route- Roadmaps-

    a single page of linked pdfs under various titles- mini articles with or withouT illustration, on diverse subjects. Up to approx four pages, these highlight some people and activities undertaken by French regiments and administration.

    Well worth perusing and downloading,
    cheers -d

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    Well hidden away, never before seen even a reference on any forum or web site- did you know about it?


    ‘Site dédié à la cartographie de la Campagne de Belgique en Juin 1815’.

    Not in my interests but may bring something (not apart from great map definition) to gaming arena…

    cheers -d

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    Notice that another seasonal raft of updates (similar info throughout, though not exactly same) dated as ‘Mise à jour 22/10/2023′.

    Most of the articles get a ‘refresh’ with content of;

    Insertion d’informations tirées des mémoires du Général Pajol (1798, 1799, 1800, 1814)

    though not all concurrent dates as above example.

    As well Frédéric Berjaud has again dropped the premiere of the following ‘new’ regiments:

    Significantly some are just token placeholders for now, but all of these are important regiments one way or another over time- all articles by Frédéric Berjaud himself.
    regards davew

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    Ok, I realise it’s not crucial in this respect, but an online and relatively accurate colour composition is always handy.
    And, while the site is in the doldrums of despair, it is still quite informative in the modelling genre.

    So for Austrian facings (divided by ‘hues’):-


    For artillery ‘brown’ go to Other.
    Yes it really is a ‘liver’ shade not dark browns often seen.

    Two points I believe of relevance to what may be cast off as ‘amateur sleuthing’-

    • my pleasure to work with Dave Hollins and draw on his extensive knowledge of primary sources and contemporary artwork.
    • One need only remember there is no extant Austrian uniform to appreciate the difficulty of the task.

    So some excellent basis for accuracy shown there!
    Given the enormous size and population of the Austrian Empire and duration I find it inconceivable that some ‘real’ uniforms don’t exist- they must be somewhere, despite the horrors of occupation that occured over and over.

    However, some relevant books and catalogues exist (almanach style) to compare.


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    Just in passing, as its the ‘holiday’ season for many, both here and afar…

    If like me you’ve agonised over sodding ‘Revolutionary Calendar’ dates among French texts, wait no more…

    Yes a site that I’ve known and used countless times for personalities, places and a few timeline events, even has the:-

    Your very own access to the
    ‘Date converter: Revolutionary calendar / Gregorian’ .

    Yet no matter how long I think I know what’s on sites, they still surprise me with stuff…

    Main page is https://www.napoleon-empire.net/en/ with a good variety of illustrations, however not top-heavy like some sites.
    Highly recommended,

    regards davew

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    Just noticed, and could have sworn these were not present on the date cited (23-12-2023)  as ‘Updated’ however http://frederic.berjaud.free.fr/articles_en_ligne.htm has accomplished something for the period and updated nearly numbered every regiment with someone or others Memoirs.

    Ranging from 1793 formations to 1814 there’s quite a lot of detail across them. Go fish___



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    Interested in ‘Collectors’ pieces?
    Lots of documentation, signatures and anecdotal information.

    I’ve chosen this page as entry point, simply because of the ‘Republican’ date, however site has AWI through to post Napoleonic memorabilia of all types.



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    Obviously I have not visited in the last week, however  the redoubtable and reliable Frédéric Berjaud has again dropped new material recently on the 18 February:

    as ‘Updated’ are many of the regiments- although this time very limited data from mostly 1805 and a few 1812.

    The material source seems to be additional notes (Correspdence etc.) from the ubiqitous ‘Alombert P. C., Colin J. : « La campagne de 1805 en Allemagne », Paris, Chapelot, 1902’, mostly marches, numbers and replacements of minor detail. And these are repeated across the many regiments affected.  So these updates may be of limited interest.

    I do believe however, in my scanning of the 2eme Legere, that he has added more uniform plates from the early/ original versions of  the ‘Martinet’ sets of engravings.

    The relevance of these for me being that, whislt some ‘approval’ of these self-witnessed uniform engravings from Martinet have PLD’s ‘blessing’, there seems some inconsistencies among them, leading one to use and advise caution. Already the rule for the later series (ie those created and propagated for colourists/ artists a decade later…) under the same ‘name’.

    I note for clarity- the depiction of some round Swedish cuffs, sans flaps and all blue, whereas the regiment wore prior (Consulate- post Egypt) and after, pointed cuffs in scarlet piped white.

    I shall expand on this uniform dilemma in my other thread, https://www.thewargameswebsite.com/forums/topic/general-truths-of-napoleonic-french-uniform/#post-195514 .

    regards -d

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    Not an update per se, of much use, but as it was somewhat hidden until you crossed that bridge, I note:

    Good work. Ever the analyst, it would drive me insane! Don’t forget Shadow of the Eagles [ https://www.shadowoftheeagles.com/ ] which, Disclaimer: I took part in technical information supply and rules testing of sorts. cheers dave

    Just a note that, as of end January 2024, that web site is no more !   The author KeithF. notes he’s moved to Fcbk:

    “So there we are – I want to keep interest in my rules alive, and Facebook seems to be a good place to help that along.”


    cheers~ d

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    For the Russian Diehards- no on second thoughts, you probably already have this, so for the rest of us___ provided by the enigmatic Dr. Summerfield some time back:-

    Russian Museum Library


    You will probably want a translator, but they work well!
    Impressive amount of data- possibly all you could hope for!



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    An update of sorts to the ‘real world’ -given the malaise of aging, sudden influenza and a winding down of the plethora projects on modelling, even research of the mildest kind, I rely on sample emails from the few histoRical societies and others of ‘specialist’ nature to keep the brain and spirit alive…

    So from ‘NAPOLEON.ORG’ two timely snippets- reminding me of events from 1984 when I was there, but did not have awareness of such ceremonies…


    A concept far beyond gamers and historians, yes there are real people who believe and beyond in and about Napoleon. Such was the impression on me, descending to his crypt and remains

    of the greatest effect on me, a poor colonial from the other side of the planet, come to the presence of one so great.
    A young American lady in a later tour party was so distressed she broke down in tears at the sight of it.

    Another matter, somewhat related to historical awareness, from the same source noted [*NB* ]:


    a film archive has restored over the past twenty years including reconstruction of the Lumière brothers ‘Interview of Napoleon and the Pope’, a brief but amusing 1897 composition from the earliest days of cinematography.

    All quite interesting if your world of interest goes beyond the paint brush and gaming,
    regards, davew

    [*NB* ] You may need to disable your AV or other blockers as I couldn’t get the video to play otherwise… ymmv

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    Oops, another update slipped by… yes Msr Berjaud added more details to a wide variety of regiments on 14 April, including this snippet from the 3eme de ligne, a personal interest of mine.
    25 octobre 1805, le Général Salligny, Chef d’Etat-major du 4e Corps, écrit:

    “I warn you, [all Generals], that Msr Marshal (Soult) has authorised General Lariboisière to reduce your artillery hitches (drivers?)  by one soldier of the train per limber or at most two for 6-horse-horse limbers, all available officers on the train must ride horses.

    Unmounted light artillery gunners will lead the horses from the front.

    The men on foot of the cavalry will also be used to drive the artillery of the light cavalry division.

    In your division, you will provide for the replacement of the soldiers of the train who have been removed from you, by [replacing with] men of the 3eme infantry.

    In this way, the soldiers you have sent to the Grand Park will be sent back to their bodies in proportion to the number of men on the train that the ordered reduction will have produced”.

    All I’ve looked at are excerpts from the same 1805 related themes.

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