Made up the bulk of the French Empire's Infantry as well as the Armies of Frances Client States.
Uniform and Equipment Edit
- Pre 1806: Shortages lead to a motley appearance.
- 1907: French army changes back to blue uniforms after experimenting with white.
- Pre 1810: False turnbacks on coat tails reaching short of the bottom.
- Pre 1812: Open lapelled long tailed (knee level) jacket.
- 1812: Open lapelled short tailed jacket, lapels square at the waist.
- 1815: Double-breasted, Square lapelled, short-tailed jacket or habit-veste.
- Greatcoats widespread, often carried on top of haversack.
- Optional covers for campaign.
- 1806: Bicornes begin to be replaced by shakos.
- 1807: Diamond plate on shakos.
- 1810: Chinscales introduced officially despite having been used before.
- Often covered with trousers.
- Pre 1815 - End above the knee.
- Post 1815 - Shortened to end below the knee.
- Frogged bayonet scabbard and cartridge pouch on a single crossbelt over the left shoulder.
- Provided their own canteens.
- 80 cm Square (11mm in 1/72).
- Pre 1811: Diamond tricolour design.
- 1812: Vertical tricolour design.
- Three chevrons indicates over 20 years service. (One sleeve by regulation).
- Sword on left hip in a combined sabre/bayonet frog.
- Mounted in battle.
- Gorget at the throat generally worn for formal occasions rather than in battle.
- Medals, etc officially discouraged.
- 2-3 per Company
- Most drummers wore the imperial livery by 1815.