Napoleonic 11th Light Infantry Chasseur’s Shako Plate, Premier Empire, 1812-15
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13.3cm (5.25in) x 11cm (4.2in)
Pressed tin. 1812 model of regulation eagle over crescent type ‘plaque de shako du 11e Régiment d'Infanterie Légère’ as worn by the regiment’s chasseur (centre) companies. The plates of the regiment’s voltigeur and grenadier companies were differenced by the substitution of the inward facing lion head finials with light infantry bugles or grenades respectively.
By 1803 the French Army had 26 light infantry regiments but with the 11th, 19th and 20th disbanded that year. In 1811 the 11th light regiment was reformed from several famous battalions: Bataillon de Tirailleurs Corses, Bataillon de Tirailleurs du Po, Bataillon de Tirailleurs de la Legion de Midi, and Bataillon Valaison. In 1813 at Leipzig 11e Régiment d'Infanterie Légère was part of Vial's 6th Division and was involved in heavy fighting for Wachau. In 1815 at Lign, the 11th was part of Girard's 7th Division and attacked the Prussian flank. Other major actions fought by 11e Régiment d'Infanterie Légère include, the invasion of Russia 1812: Sivotschina, Soolna, Polotsk, and Beresina. 1813: Dresden and Hanau. 1814: Brienne, La Rothiere, Valjouan, Monterau, and Troyes. 1815: Wavre and Namur.