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The French Army in Berlin in 1809: the Uniform Plates of the Henschel Brothers

In the year 1810, the Henschel brothers produced a uniform series of 12 plates, which represented the troops of the French army occupying Berlin. These plates are similar to their work on the Prussian army, published before the campaign of 1806. Like those on the Prussian Army, these plates are spectacular in their detail and show the the soldiers in the field uniform of the French army. The original plates are very rare and are known with the title "Les Gardes imperial Royales de l'Armée francaise". They can be found in the National Library in Paris, in Munich, as well as in Dresden. Those published here been based on the Dresdner copy, which were made in 1904.

These drawings originally appeared on line in German by our partner, Napoleon Online and are used with permission of the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin. Please note that Markus Stein holds the copyright on all of these images.

 

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Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809

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Mameluk of the Imperial Guard

Cuirassier
     
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Grenadier-à-cheval of the Imperial Guard
Empress Dragoons of the
Imperial Guard
Gendarme d’elite of the
Imperial Guard
     

Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809

Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Chasseur-à-cheval of the Imperial Guard
Gendarme d’ordonance of the Imperial Guard
Horse Artillery of the Imperial Guard
     

Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809

Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809
Sailor of the Imperial Guard
Grenadier-à-pied of the Imperial Guard
Sapeur, Chasseur-à-pied of the Imperial Guard
     

Henschel Brothers: French Army in Berlin 1809

 
Chasseur-à-pied of the Imperial Guard
 

Note: “La suite de Henschel sur la Garde Impériale en 1806 à Berlin” by Yves Martin was published in “Soldats Napoleoniens”, Nr. 2/2004

Placed on the Napoleon Series: September 2006

 

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