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Uniform of the Grenadiers-á-Pied de la Garde: 1810-1815

Cost to Equip One Grenadier

By Paul Dawson

Issue

To equip a single Grenadier Soldat, with all the items of uniform detailed above cost the princely some of 127,75 francs, the equivalent to the weekly wage of a Major of Infanterie de la Ligne!

In short, the Grenadier would be issued with the following:

Item in French

Issued

English Translation

Bonnet a Poil

1

Bearskin

Pompon

1

Pompon

Pokalem ou Bonnet-de-Police

1

Pokalem or Bonnet-de-Police

Cocardes

2

Cockades

Capote

1

Greatcoat

Habit-veste

1

Habit

Veste ou Gilet à manches

1

Waistcoat

Pantalons de tricot

1

Breeches

Pantalons de toile

1

Overalls

Chemise

3

Shirt

Caleçon de toile

2

Underpants

Col noir

1

Black stock

Col blanc

2

White stock

Paires de demi-bas de fil

3

1 pair of cotton stockings

Guêtres gris

1

Grey (campaign) gaiters

Guêtres noirs
1
Black gaiters

Guêtres Blanc                             

1

White (parade) gaiters

Paires de Souliers

3

Shoes

Fusil & baïonette

1

Musket and bayonet

Bretelle de fusil

1

Musket strap

Giberne

1

Cartridge box

Porte-Giberne    

1

Cartridge box strap

Sabre
1
Sabre
Banderole     
1
Sabre strap

Havresac

1

Backpack

Silex et plomb

3

Flints and lead reloads

Silex en bois ou corne

1

Wooden or horn flint

Piece de graisse

1

Piece of grease

Bouteille à huile

1

Oil bottle

Tourne vis

1

Screwdriver

Epinglette

1

Small pin (to clear the touchhole)

Tire-balle

some

Ball puller

Peigne

1

Comb

Trousse garnie

1

Tool kit

Alène

1

Awl - to pierce leather (for leather repairs)

Tire-bouton

1

Button Puller

Vergette

1

Clothes wisk

Martinet

1

Small mallet

Curette

1

Scraper

Astique

1

Brass polisher

Polissoir

1

Polishing brush (for leather)

Livre de solde

1

Pay Book

 

All equipment was the soldat’s personal equipment and absolute responsibility; were any article lost or damaged he was expected to repair or replace it out of his pay.

 

Reconstructed Grenadier en Grande Tenue
c.1810. Front View
Reconstructed Grenadier en Grande Tenue
c.1810. Rear view

 

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: October 2003

 

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