Sunday, February 26, 2017

Napoleonic Italian Troops

The Kingdom of Italy was founded in 1805 and ruled by the Emperor Napoleon. Napoleon's stepson, Prince Eugene, ruled the kingdom as viceroy. Italian troops were present in almost every campaign from 1805 on. Although primarily serving as garrison troops in the early years, Italians distinguished themselves in Spain, in the 1809 campaign, and during the 1812 invasion of Russia. Although decimated in the retreat from Moscow, Italians continued to serve honorably in the campaigns of 1813.

1st Italian Brigade with attached skirmishers and divisional artillery.

2nd Italian Brigade with attached skirmishers.

Royal Italian Guard with artillery.

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