Johnson, David.


1st ed., 1989. 190 pp., 1 map + 20 other plates. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. This long-awaited work is an account of the French mounted arm from the outbreak of the Revolutionary Wars to the final downfall of Napoleon, tracing its development from the days of the monarchy and ending with its disbandment after Waterloo. The author has researched this fascinating subject from every possible angle, from the great set-piece battles to lesser-known combats, from Napoleon’s legendary horse generals to the troopers who stayed up all night to protect their newly-dressed pigtails. Using his profound knowledge of the period, and quoting many obscure sources and memoirs, he paints a unique picture of the day-to-day life of the French cavalry, including a wealth of information on training, tactics, remounts, organization and unit strengths.

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