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Cuirassier15 Jun 2018 8:23 p.m. PST

The reenactment took place at Fontainebleau (École d'artillerie at that time). The original ceremony happened in 1806.








Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

This is really great stuff !! The "GODS" look like the real thing. Thanks.

Russ Dunaway

von Winterfeldt15 Jun 2018 11:10 p.m. PST

very impressive – the benefit of true soldiers involved – right age group and decent BMI

Sebastian Palmer15 Jun 2018 11:33 p.m. PST

Fab pics. Are there any more? Where did you find them?

Marshal Saxe16 Jun 2018 1:45 a.m. PST

I see two faces that look African. Was the French army in the 1920's fleshing out it's war depleted ranks with individual African soldiers? Or if they are really Africans, were they added to this pageant to be "politically correct?"
By the end of WWI the French army was heavily African. What percentage was left to serve, after the draw down to "normalcy" following the war.

Oliver Schmidt16 Jun 2018 3:23 a.m. PST

To me it looks as if the timbalier in the background of the last image is a white man with a black painted face – the lips being left unpainted …

But hard to verify, as the images are too small.

Here you see what I mean:

The uniforms generally don't look very much Napoleonic in cut and style – but maybe they are originals from the times of Napoleon III. ?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 7:13 a.m. PST

I actually thought they did a very good job of recreating the First Empire look in the uniforms. The Grenadiers a Cheval really stand out. (I'll forgive the triple holsters)

The cuirassier helmet is subtly of a later style and, throughout, the huge epaulettes are far more typical of Napoleon III I would agree.

Brilliant images though

Jeigheff16 Jun 2018 9:02 a.m. PST

Nice, thanks for sharing!

Cuirassier17 Jun 2018 1:46 p.m. PST

I forgot to post this one, Sebastian Palmer.

Napoleon saluting the flag/eagle of the 9th Cuirassiers: link

Cuirassier17 Jun 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

The Grenadiers à Cheval are superb, don't you agree deadhead? Even with the triple holsters. :-)

I found them at the website of the French National Library, Sebastian Palmer.

Cuirassier19 Jun 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

Glad you guys enjoyed the photos.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

I have just been back for a third or fourth time. Because these are just so good. The Grenadiers have really caught the tall narrow look to the bearskin hats that I always expect to see. Like officers of HM Guards to this day, rather than the lower and rounder style of the Guardsmen.

Like I see in L a Musee de l'Armee. Not like I see in most 28mm figures.

bobspruster19 Jun 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

Very cool pics, thanks for posting those!

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 4:55 a.m. PST

Nice! Napoleon is properly charismatic as well.

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 6:04 a.m. PST

Great pictures…very cool.

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