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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

….Armee's Officers

"The former officers of the Grande Armee have often been seen as die-hard supporters of Napoleon, with the government of the Bourbon Restoration viewing them with particularly acute suspicion. An in-depth study of the careers and trajectories of officers from the Charente (a department in western France known for its Bonapartism) shows how little these former combatants resemble the cliches painted by legend. In many ways, they were a heterogeneous group whose demobilization was complex and difficult. They nonetheless often shared both a desire to prove their loyalty to France and a continued hope that the state would recognize, both materially and symbolically, the sacrifices they had made in the name of the nation."
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