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St Helena Medal and Award Document to Veteran of Napoleon’s Garde Imperiale
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St Helena Medal and Award Document to Veteran of Napoleon’s Garde Imperiale

Measurements: Overall: 28cm (11in) x 36cm (14in)

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Engraved St Helena award document to ‘Antoine Chauvin, Soldat au 10th Tirailleurs de la Garde’, together with bronze St Helena Medal. Framed and glazed.

The Tirailleurs and Voltigeurs, along with the regiments of Flankers, formed the mainstay of the infantry of the French Army during Napoleon’s 1813 and 1814 campaigns, and bore the brunt of the fighting. These regiments were equipped and organised under an imperial decree of 8 April 1813, which stipulated that the regiments were to be organised and equipped as a line regiment, but had the status of Young Guard. In so doing the Emperor sought to instil in conscripts the popular perception of what Guardsman was and a how a Guardsman behaved. The 10th Regiment de Tirailleurs de la Garde (raised 6 April 1813, disbanded 12 May 1814) were present at the Battle of Dresden 26-27 August 1813; Battle of Leipzig, 16-18 October 1813; action at Antwerp, 1 February 1814; Battle of Craonne, 7 March 1814; Battle of Laon, 9-10 March 1814 and the engagement at Courtrai, 31 March 1814.



 

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