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Cuirassier16 Mar 2019 6:07 a.m. PST

French wounded… Rarely seen fragment of the Panorama of the Battle of Rezonville/Mars-la-Tour (16 August 1870), painted by Edouard Detaille and Alphonse de Neuville in 1883. This segment was painted by de Neuville. From left to right: wounded French superior officer on horseback (being conducted by a zouave of the French Imperial Guard); badly wounded artilleryman, on horseback, being conducted by another artilleryman (also wounded) and a badly wounded zouave of the Imperial Guard being helped by another zouave of the French Imperial Guard.

Click on the image to enlarge it: link

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 6:51 a.m. PST

Nice, thanks.


torokchar Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 7:08 a.m. PST

Yes, very nice. would love to see the whole work.

NCC171716 Mar 2019 8:31 a.m. PST

Here is another fragment:


Mollinary16 Mar 2019 9:38 a.m. PST

Most of what is left and on display is in the museum at Gravelotte.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 12:00 p.m. PST

I am assuming from the above posts that the original painting was damaged or destroyed. If so, when and where?

Are there any existing reconstructions or copies of the original work?

Cuirassier16 Mar 2019 12:44 p.m. PST


The huge panorama was divided into sections/fragments and sold after the death of Alphonse de Neuville. The Museum of the War of 1870 and Annexation has some sections on display, but you can find sections/fragments all around the world, including in a hotel in Buenos Aires.

Cuirassier16 Mar 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

Another rarely seen part/fragment of the panorama. That grenadier of the French Imperial Guard is pretty banged up. Click on the image to enlarge it: link

The 2nd Regiment of Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard suffered 526 casualties at Rezonville/Mars-la-Tour (including 26 officers). The 3rd Regiment of Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard lost 42 officers and 430 men at Rezonville/Mars-la-Tour. Colonel Cousin, commander of the 3rd Grenadiers, was killed that day.

Grunt186116 Mar 2019 2:22 p.m. PST

It's images like these that remind me of what a myopic view I have of the scale and intensity of the Franco Prussian War compared to the American Civil War.

Franco Prussian War

19 July 1870 28 January 1871

(6 months, 1 week and 2 days)

German Empire

44,700 dead

89,732 wounded

French Republic

138,871 dead

143,000 wounded

American Civil War

April 12, 1861 May 9, 1865

(4 years, 3 weeks and 6 days)

United States, (Union)

110,000+ killed in action/died of wounds

282,000+ wounded

Confederate States

94,000+ killed in action/died of wounds

137,000+ wounded

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 2:37 p.m. PST

And in those six months, there were as many if not more large, pitched battles than in any one year of the ACW.


jedburgh16 Mar 2019 7:46 p.m. PST

A couple of years ago the BBC aired an interview with Mel Brooks in his study and I swear one wall was entirely covered by a section of that painting. It was called Mel Brooks Unwrapped and was conducted by Alan Yentob.

Cuirassier20 Apr 2019 9:11 p.m. PST

Another fragment of the panorama. These are grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard.


Cuirassier20 Apr 2019 9:23 p.m. PST


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