Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Forthcoming Book: Soldats ou Matelots?

Lose Digby? Heaven forfend! What would I have to chuckle at then?

Early in this thread we reverted to the age-old discussion of what the seamen/sailors actually were, in terms of their functionality.

I think we lose sight of the fact that they were just men as far as Napoleon was concerned, Just men - and could therefore be used in whatever mode proved most necessary at the time - it didn't really matter to him whether they were soldiers, sailors, candlestickmakers, honky-tonk pianists or nuclear physicists - they were simply more fodder for the machine he was using in support of his Grand Design(s). The fact that they retained a degree of naval identity owes more - IMHO - to the Big Guy's desire to keep naval morale as high as possible while denuding it of resources as it does to any desire to inject a naval element to the Guard or any other unit of the Grande Armée...

Must dash - another large Calvados is clamouring for my attention...

Tim

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The point is: they were Soldats not Matelots :-) *NM*
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