French Revolutionary Infantry 1789-1802 (Paperback)
The years immediately following the French Revolution of 1789 saw an extraordinary transformation of the French army. From a distrusted instrument of the feudal power of the king and nobility, it became the symbol of liberty and citizenship. The transition was complex and painful, as the remnants of the old professional army were joined by a flood of civilian volunteers and conscripts, of whom even the best were short of everything except republican fervour. This book describes the stages of the rebirth that produced an army capable of beating off half the monarchies of Europe, thus laying the foundations for Napoleon's unique victories ten years later.
About the Author
Terry Crowdy has long been fascinated by many aspects of military history and takes great pleasure delving into forgotten historical sources and seeking information that has eluded others. He is the author of a number of articles and books including THE ENEMY WITHIN for Osprey. The author lives in Kent, UK.
Ronald Pawly is a respected member of several international societies for Napoleonic studies, and an expert on 19th century military portraiture. He is the author of the monumental "The Red Lancers: Anatomy of a Napoleonic Regiment" (Crowood Press, 1998), and of a study of Napoleonic veterans' tombs in Belgium. He has previously written for Osprey Men-at-Arms 355: "Wellington's Belgian Allies 1815"; MAA 371: "Wellington's Dutch Allies 1815"; MAA 371: "Napoleon's Red Lancers"; MAA 378: " Napoleon's Guards of Honour"; and Elite 115: "Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters (1): Organization & Personnel." The author lives in Belgium.