Napoleonic Plaque de shako du Garde Nationale, modèle 1812, Premier Empire
Napoleonic Plaque de shako du Garde Nationale, modèle 1812, Premier Empire
Napoleonic Plaque de shako du Garde Nationale, modèle 1812, Premier Empire
Napoleonic Plaque de shako du Garde Nationale, modèle 1812, Premier Empire
Napoleonic Plaque de shako du Garde Nationale, modèle 1812, Premier Empire
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Napoleonic Plaque de shako du Garde Nationale, modèle 1812, Premier Empire

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Measurements: 14.1cm (5.6in) x 11.6cm (4.6in)

Pressed copper. 1812 model of regulation eagle over crescent type ‘plaque de shako du Garde Nationale’. 

Napoleon mobilised the National Guard for the defence of French territory in 1809 and 1814. By a skilful appeal to patriotism, and judicious pressure applied through the prefects, it became a useful reservoir of half-trained men for new battalions of the armies in the field. After the disastrous campaign in Russia in 1812, dozens of National Guard cohorts were called up the next year; four cohorts being combined to form one line infantry regiment. The 135ème to 156ème Régiments d'Infanterie de Ligne were thus formed. Many of these fought in the campaigns in Germany in 1813 and against the invasion of France by allied  armies of Austria, Prussia, Russia and Britain in 1814.