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GlacierMI Inactive Member18 Feb 2018 2:17 p.m. PST

Can somebody tell me if this volume and the eventual series is just a reissue of the Andre Jouineau Histoire and Collections, titles.. i.e. Officers and Soldiers of the French Imperial Guard 1804-1815, Vol. 1: Foot Troops.. thanks so much! Ah maybe i answered my own question but this is hardback and released last December.


Artilleryman18 Feb 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

It looks to me very much like a reissue. If you already have the Jouineau books, I would not bother chancing this being something fresh.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

This from the Amazon description seems to tell the story:

"This book is the new version that has been completely redesigned, revised, amended and widely expanded – it contains nearly 50% new characters from the book published several years ago. On 176 pages, nearly a thousand drawings develop the purpose of these two specialists of the period."


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

I would want to thumb through a copy, but, if it really has added 50% new illustrations, well worth the asking price


Gazzola19 Feb 2018 10:52 a.m. PST


The first volume looks like a revised and enlarged version of the earlier publications, which contained less than 90 pages, compared to the 176 pages in the new version. And I believe Volume 2 (Guard Cavalry) is due out this month.

If they are okay I guess that is two more titles to add to my get list.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2018 3:52 a.m. PST

These two gifted authors have produced many a (pricey) work on various individual battles, some translated into English. These do contain illustrations not seen in the well known paperbacks, plus of course other countries' military, in their characteristic style. They may have drawn on these, but any expansion would be welcome nonetheless.

I agree Gazzola, sounds a must

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

I have the new volume published by Heimdal.

There is a LOT of new material vice the old H&C.

The book, hardcover, is larger physically and the images inside are slightly [though not significantly] larger.

There is more written history, though inexplicably, in the uniforme explanation of the Gendarmerie d'Elite [which is NOT addressed in the H&C version] they present the uniforme info in french…all the other paragraphs are English. Of course, this isn't a problem as we are probably used to French uniform terms as well as colors.

Other areas covered not in H&C or in less depth, are Gendarmes d'ordonnance, Administration of including commissaries, review inspectors, treasurers and clerks!

For me, if I was only using this as a painting reference and had the H&C, I would not get much value from the new version.


I am a collector of all things Napoleonic. This book has enough new/different material while maintaining the excellent content and production values of the former AND is much more sturdy to handling….so I plan to get any others Heimdal elects to produce.

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2018 4:40 p.m. PST

Now, if I may…an inquiry, about the H&C Officers and Soldiers of the French Army series of books….

Its been almost 3 years since the last Napoleonic themed book, Vol 2 of French Dragoons was released.

Since then nothing. I have the impression there was some fallout amongst the team producing this series?

No Vol 3 [of 4?] on the Dragoons, much less anything else?

Anyone have any insights? Is it possible Heimdal has taken up the banner? Has H&C abandoned this series, incomplete?

Possibly extending to material never released? Could it be possible? [pretty please].

I do note in the new book's acknowledgements, the authors praise the publisher, Georges Bernage "..a BRAVE publisher, for allowing us to realise this project"…emphasis mine.

Any insights appreciated, thanks in advance.

NapStein22 Feb 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

Yes indeed, there will rather surely no more publications with H&C … and Heimdal has collected Andre as well as some authors to publish magazines and books about the French army.

And as it is mentioned here – there is more material published and especially the text is much more complex as compared to the old H&C books.

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

Lilian22 Feb 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

unfortunately with the crisis H&C has been deeply restructured with the end of Men and Battles, Officers and Soldiers series etc…and even if their book department was more cost-effective than some of their magazines…so as wrote Markus their authors Jean-Marie Mongin, André Jouineau and Ludovic Letrun are working now for this Editor from Normandy usually more specialized in WWII and Middle Ages, that is the reason why you find now such serie or titles like "Arcole to Rivoli 1796-1797" who were previous planned titles for H&C under Heimdal's banner
that's life…


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

"la Garde royale" (sic) ….this is too good to be true.

I refer to the title, which is second up from this posting.

There has never been enough coverage of Louis XVIII's magnificently turned out bunch of incompetents.

Or is there just some carelessness that has crept into this?

Garde Imperiale? With a capital letter too, for the adjective in their title……

Speaking as a huge fan of their work to date…..

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 4:02 p.m. PST

So, what happened exactly at H&C to create the"crisis" they suffered or are suffering?

And do you think the establishment of Mongin, Jouineau and Letrun at Heimdal will bring the completion of the Dragoon series?

I hate unfinished editions….unless death of the author is involved.

Thank you Markus and Lilian what the insights you have shared.

Bravo Georges Bernage and Heimdal!!

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