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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 3:09 p.m. PST

"Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi was not as well-known as her sisters, beautiful Pauline and treasonous Caroline, but she was more capable than either of them. In fact, she was the Bonaparte sibling most like Napoleon, although she had the least influence over him. Napoleon himself said, "Elisa has the courage of an Amazon; and like me, she cannot bear to be ruled."

Maria Anna Bonaparte – she did not adopt the name "Elisa" until she was about 18 – was born in Ajaccio, Corsica on January 3, 1777, seven and a half years after Napoleon. She was the fourth of Charles and Letizia Bonaparte's eight surviving offspring, and their eldest daughter…"
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Nine pound round30 Jan 2021 4:38 p.m. PST

And a godsend for anyone who has more Fusiliers of the Guard figures than he needs: you can paint up her Velites of Turin and Florence.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2021 6:17 p.m. PST

>>you can paint up her Velites of Turin and Florence.

I believe, not 'Hers'- it was one per sister, must keep the family balances in line…
And thereby lies the mystery- why THOSE units are infinitely more recorded in English sources than the 'senior' Regiment of La Garde Royale when infinitely less important (IMHO)…
There's no strawberries left in those fields men… ;-) ahh Summer fruit

Nine pound round31 Jan 2021 5:44 a.m. PST

My best guess is that it's because they appeared somewhere in the Imperial Guard order of battle from 1812-1814, while the Italian Royal Guard did not do so after the 1805 campaign.

ReallySameSeneffeAsBefore02 Feb 2021 11:43 a.m. PST

According to the French uniform historian Jacques Girbal, she supervised the raising and equipping of the short lived 13th Hussars in 1813-14. These were sometimes known as the 'Baciocci Hussars'.

Nine pound round02 Feb 2021 5:33 p.m. PST

But Pauline was "the hot one."

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